Accessible software is software can be properly used by people with various disabilities - which unfortunately is not a given.
Physical disabilities should not deter someone from taking part in the scientific process, and Plaudit should be usable by any and all academics.
Furthermore, Plaudit will receive two audits:
- a security check-up, just to be sure that no significant risks are lurking beneath the surface.
- an accessibility audit, to find potential pitfalls w.r.t. accessibility.
What's that, you say?
First, it will allow us to take the next step in opening up our data. Plaudit will notify publishers in real-time when a work they publish has been endorsed. This data was already public through CrossRef Event Data, but only on-demand.
Great news: https://plaudit.pub, which enables open endorsements of academic works, has been awarded a grand through the EU's NGI initiative!
So what will the grant be used for? 👇
The Plaudit browser extension, which allows you to view and add endorsements of scholarly articles, added support for a number of additional publishers and preprint servers recently, the newest addition being MIT's Pubpub.
Install it yourself to be able to see whether academics you know have endorsed the research you encounter: https://plaudit.pub/extension/?utm_source=scholar.social&utm_medium=fediverse&utm_campaign=extension_introduction
Now live: the ability to mark scholarly works as robust, clear or exciting using https://plaudit.pub!
Read more about the motivation here, and let us know what you think: https://medium.com/flockademic/why-replication-studies-are-not-rewarded-and-how-to-fix-that-523c2387820e
@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: https://plaudit.pub/extension?utm_source=scholar.social&utm_medium=fediverse&utm_campaign=crossref_export
I've just released a Plaudit browser extension! Plaudit is an attempt to simulate #OpenAccess research by influencing the incentive structure for researchers: direct endorsements by their peers, rather than through being published in a paywalled journal.
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.
Proud to announce a new collaboration with eLife and the Center for Open Science on a new project: Plaudit!
1. They mentioned enforcement and sanctioning to be important, but haven't explicitly specified yet. That said, the Dutch funder NWO has stated:
"NWO will check a certain percentage of the papers it has funded and sanction researchers who don't comply, for instance by asking its money back or temporarily banning researchers from applying for funding."
2. We're not passing a law :) Funders are just attaching conditions to their grants.
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