Akademi Sains Malaysia successfully organized Open Science Forum for Asia and the Pacific Region

Due to Malaysia Open Science Platform [MOSP] Initiative in conjunction with 15th APEC’s Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation [PPSTI] Meeting, on 13 February 2020 the Akademi Sains Malaysia has been organized The Open Science Forum for Asia and the Pacific Region. The Forum featured distinguished panel members that well known about Open Science.

The keynote speech was delivered by Dr Ismail Serageldin. He is Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria and also well known as Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA).


One of the most important key points that he highlighted about Open Science is that Open Science will be fundamental to the realization of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). This show that, Open Science is a major movement for sustainability.

The program also involved other speakers that were:-

  • Professor Emerita Dato’ Seri Dr Mazlan Othman FASc
  • Professor Dr Barend Mons
  • Professor Shahbaz Khan
  • Dr Ross Wilkinson
  • Mr Simon Goudie
  • Dr Michael Keenan
  • Mr Leju Ma
  • Dr Ai Sugiura
  • Ms Christina Schonleber
  • Professor Dr Noorsaadah Abdul Rahman FASc

The contents of program are as follows:-


On the other hand, on 14 February 2020 there is also a continuous event called as Dialogue on Open Science. the dialog program consists this details.



This dialogue were featured Professor Dr Barend Mons and Dr Ross Wilkinson as a panels.

Malaysia Open Science Platform had launched!

Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) – Akademi Sains Malaysia successfully launched two initiatives called Malaysian Collaborative Network Platform for Disruptive Innovation (I-CONNECT) and Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP). Here the details.


  1. https://www.alphacatalyst.com/blog-news/charting-a-new-path-for-innovation-malaysia-open-science-platform-mosp-7th-november-2019
  2. https://www.akademisains.gov.my/?mdocs-file=1462
  3. http://www.bernama.com/en/news.php?id=1787303
  4. https://www.akademisains.gov.my/initiatives/i-connect-mosp/

Shire plc, syarikat bioteknologi terulung dalam penyelidikan bagi penyakit jarang berlaku menyokong Open Access

Shire plc, syarikat bioteknologi terulung dalam penyelidikan bagi penyakit jarang berlaku telah mula melaksanakan dasar penerbitan baru yang memerlukan penyerahan semua manuskrip penyelidikan yang ditaja oleh Shire kepada jurnal yang menawarkan polisi akses terbuka. Hal ini membolehkan orang ramai  yang berminat dengan dapatan kajian yang ditulis oleh penyelidik tajaan Shire kini boleh memperoleh akses dalam talian tanpa batas, dengan kadar segera tanpa embargo. Dasar akses terbuka Shire ini telah berkuatkuasa pada 2 Januari 2018, dan telah diumumkan hari ini di 2018 European Meeting of International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP)  yang berlangsung di London, UK, 23-24 Januari.

Rujukan: –

  1.  https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/01/23/1299286/0/en/Shire-Continues-to-Uphold-High-Standards-of-Ethics-and-Transparency-with-Adoption-of-Open-Access-Policy-for-Publication-of-Shire-Supported-Research.html

Scholarly Publication is making a lot of profit business

Dr K S Parthasarathy commented that in one of the the-scientist.com post;

“It is appropriate that the cost of publicaion of research articles and related matters are being addressed widely in many countries.

In this context, Dr Chuck Dinerstein recently wrote an informative article titled “Publishing Science -an Extremely Profitable Marketting System”

The link: http://www.acsh.org/news/2017/07/11/publishing-science-extremely-profitable-marketing-system-11532

The cost of publishing will be beyond the reach of institutions in developing countries. Is it possible to have a universally agreed formula which ensures reasonable profits for the publishers and fair cost for the researchers.Even under best of circumstances, developing countries may need some compassion and sympathetic considerstion.”


Kota Buku organize Open Access awareness talk in Malaysia

On 24 May 2017, Kota Buku an company limited guaranteed by government has organized an Open Access awareness talk in USIM. A speaker is known as Robert Van Der Vooren  from VSNU (Association of universities in the Netherlands) has shares about the experiences, challenges and reality in advocating OA in Netherlands.

Video 1: https://www.facebook.com/akademiKotaBuku/videos/1362111300549776/

Video 2: https://www.facebook.com/akademiKotaBuku/videos/1362117997215773/



United States American Higher Education Agencies & Societies (AAU/ARL/AAUP) join venture to intiate Open-Access Monograph Publishing Initiative

3 academic entities joint together to launch an open access initiative on monograph publishing. Based on ARL News, this initiative will benefit scholars, the public, universities, libraries, and presses in five ways:-

  • Open access, digital monographs will make new research freely available online, thereby increasing the presence of humanities and social science scholarship on the web and opening up this content to more readers, putting it into the venue where many scholars are working.
  • Publishing costs will be met by university-funded grants and other revenue sources. These publication grants will enable open access publishing and will send a strong signal to humanities and social sciences faculties that universities value and wish to promote their scholarship.
  • The expanded dissemination of scholarship within and beyond the academy advances the core mission of universities to create and transmit new knowledge for public benefit.
  • This initiative will enable the incorporation into digital monographs of new capacities, such as the integration of multimedia with text and the application of annotation and commenting tools, and can encourage the development of innovative forms of digital scholarship.
  • The funding model based on publication grants will allow presses to publish important, high-quality scholarship freely accessible to readers and independent of market constraints.

More details, URL: http://www.arl.org/news/arl-news/4243-aau-arl-aaup-to-launch-open-access-monograph-publishing-initiative-project-will-share-scholarship-freely-more-broadly#.WM9_M9J97cs

Medical subject OA journals listed in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) are the most transparent to publicly stated article processing charges (APC).

Based on Radovan Vrana’s case study, 9,26 % of medical journals listed in DOAJ are the most transparent to stated article processing charges APC publicly on website. Moreover, most APC of the journals owned by Elsevier were 0 to 99 USD (61,39% out of 505 journals) .


Read more. URL: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Radovan_Vrana/publication/311278770_Is_open_access_still_open_the_case_of_article_processing_charge/links/584082f808ae2d21755f3765.pdf