COAR’s main efforts in this area currently are through our work on the COAR Notify Project. This project is developing a standardized model to connect peer review and overlay publishing services with repositories. For more information, visit the Notify Project webpage.
The project builds on previous efforts such as the COAR Next Generation Repositories Initiative, the Pubfair White Paper, and a generic technical model that outlines the technical framework for connecting repositories with other value added services.
Many agree that the mainstream system for research communications, which was built in the print age and has not evolved to meet the changing needs of the research community, is far from ideal and does not serve well the needs of research or society. The shortcomings are well known and include:
- Long delays from submission to publication for articles and monographs
- High costs for both to access publications through subscriptions, and to publish through article processing charges
- Overlooked contributions with too much focus on the article or book as the final research product, rather than recognizing the full range of relevant contributions, such as data, metadata, preprints, and protocols
- Lack of transparency in peer review and quality control mechanisms
- Significant biases towards the interests of the global north and trendy research topics
These issues contribute to a sub-optimal communications milieu in which research efforts are hampered because investigators cannot access the full corpus of literature in their field, cannot text and data mine to extract new knowledge; and research findings are not available and cannot be readily adopted by other actors in society.
COAR aims to address these issues by expanding and enhancing the role of repositories and connecting them with value added services, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community