Don't know what is? It allows academics to endorse research, and makes them available as open data. The aim is to reduce the reliance on journal brand names as an indicator of quality, and instead defer directly to the authority of one's peers.

Now live: the ability to mark scholarly works as robust, clear or exciting using!

Read more about the motivation here, and let us know what you think:

@darius For those who *are* in the US: also read up on Plan S! There's serious movement here, and if the people behind Plan S can get US on board as well, the days of paywalled research are finally numbered!

We just confirmed the first successful data export to CrossRef Event Data, so Plaudit research endorsements are now officially open data.

You can contribute! Install the extension:

I've just released a Plaudit browser extension! Plaudit is an attempt to simulate research by influencing the incentive structure for researchers: direct endorsements by their peers, rather than through being published in a paywalled journal.

Get it here:

That is not likely to be at risk when funders demand publication in OA venues, however. Rather, when the term is used in this context, academics are not afraid of their research being repressed, but for their career progression.

It is a legitimate worry. However, career progression being hampered is a different problem than suppression of research, and tolerating research behind paywalls is not the only possible solution.

Involving "academic freedom" when arguing against Plan S feels disingenuous.

Academic freedom is important because we do not want funders to suppress results of academic research that does not suit their world view.

For Open Access advocates using reddit: I made a subreddit that is automatically populated with links from the Open Access Tracking project.

It's here:

Proud to announce a new collaboration with eLife and the Center for Open Science on a new project: Plaudit!

More information here:

@trunk Please add me to Academia, Open Education, Science, Social Innovation.

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@Maltimore Technically, that is currently true, but as long as exists, I'm confident that they'll have plenty of years until they run out of TLD's.

@Maltimore They may be able to block them, but I think new ones are appearing more quickly than that old ones are disappearing.


@lbs That was mentioned in this article - it's in Dutch though, but Google Translate appears accurate:

The relevant quote, by the director of the Dutch scientific organisation:

> For example, in Germany, academic freedom has been enshrined in the constitution. It is defined broady enough to include full freedom for researchers to pick their publication venue. If a researcher were to sue for the right to publish in a paywalled journal, he will win.

@lbs In my opinion, what's most relevant is that these countries represent a significant chunk of research output. In other words, if journals like Nature or Science don't flip to Open Access, they will miss out on a lot of quality content and hence suffer in reputation.

If they *do* flip to Open Access, everyone benefits. In other words, it's not necessary for every country to take part.

@lbs Eleven national funders are already involved, which I think is quite a lot! Furthermore, e.g. Germany's couldn't take part due to a conflict with their constitutions.

Participating countries:

- The Netherlands
- France
- The United Kingdom
- Sweden
- Norway
- Austria
- Switzerland
- Italy
- Poland
- Slovenia
- Luxembourg

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Scholar Social

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Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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