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OPERAS Advocacy White Paper

Elisabeth Heinemann; Andrea Bertino; Francesca Di Donato; Aysa Ekanger; Elena Giglia; Barbara Jędraszko; Michael Kaiser; Lisa Matthias; Alessia Smaniotto

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    "description": "<p>This White Paper has been prepared by the OPERAS (Open Access in the European Research Area<br>\nthrough Scholarly Communication) Working Group on Advocacy for Open Access Publishing in the<br>\nSocial Sciences and Humanities. OPERAS is a European research infrastructure for the development<br>\nof open scholarly communication, particularly in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). The<br>\nconsortium comprises 36 organisations from 13 European countries and is coordinated by a core<br>\ngroup of nine members. OPERAS&rsquo; members come from diverse backgrounds and include publishers<br>\nand publication platforms, infrastructure providers, libraries, universities, and research organisations.</p>\n\n<p>The paper addresses the importance of Open Science for the SSH, highlighting the role of a distributed<br>\nresearch infrastructure like OPERAS in advocating for Open Access publishing models. Furthermore,<br>\nthe paper discusses the importance of the SSH in Open Science, showing how Open Science itself<br>\nbenefits from considering and accommodating the needs of researchers from different disciplinary<br>\nbackgrounds. While OPERAS does not endorse a specific Open Access publishing model, the<br>\ninfrastructure partners advocate for publication processes that can meet the present demand for<br>\nOpen Access, transparency, and open source tools in scholarly communication.</p>\n\n<p>This document is intended for all stakeholders actively involved in Open Access in the SSH. This<br>\nincludes publishers and publication platforms as well as libraries and infrastructure providers.<br>\nHowever, the White Paper ultimately focuses on advocacy targeting researchers at different career<br>\nstages. In order to support stakeholders in advocating for Open Access, the White Paper presents the<br>\nbenefits of Open Access publishing for scholars, while also addressing common concerns in the SSH<br>\nresearch community. These include, but are not limited to, reputation, research evaluation, financial<br>\nissues, a general lack of information, intellectual property rights and other legal concerns, and the<br>\navailability of Open Access publishing models.</p>\n\n<p>This White Paper draws on experiences from OPERAS partners to illustrate researchers&rsquo; concerns and<br>\nto develop a guide with FAQs and solutions to address these issues. The White Paper concludes with<br>\nadvocacy suggestion sheets tailored to different stakeholders involved in Open Access in the SSH.</p>", 
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