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6. Conclusion

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Open Science is setting a new paradigm for both how research is conducted, and the way that outputs are disseminated and published. Yet, in large part due to our reliance on commercial publishing and a narrow set of measures for assessing research contributions, there has been very little innovation in scholarly publishing. In order to achieve a large scale shift towards sharing of a broad range of research outputs, we need to build both the technical architecture, as well as the social norms and practices that support such an ecosystem. Despite the promotion of data sharing by research funders and policy makers, for example, data is often withheld due to lack of repositories, lack of standards applied to data, or researchers’ concerns about being scooped. In addition, for such services to be accepted by scholarly communities, robust forms of quality assurance and peer review are required and researchers must be confident that these contributions are recognized in the academic reward structures that govern so much of the competitive research environment.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Pubfair offers a blueprint for bringing together existing technologies with emerging dissemination practices in scholarly communication. With Pubfair, we are proposing a framework that has the potential to significantly transform scholarly communication by leveraging the power of the networked environment. The Pubfair framework enables different research communities to develop new workflows for peer review and novel approaches for assessing a range of research outputs. This advances the development of more formal, community defined assessment methods for many different types of research contributions. In addition, the dissemination functionality of Pubfair supports multiple user channels catering to a  variety of stakeholders, in particular research communities, scholarly societies, research funders, academic institutions, and individual researchers.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 1 The idea of Pubfair is not to create another new system that competes with many others, but rather to leverage, improve and add value to existing institutional and funder investments in research infrastructures (in particular open repositories and open journal platforms). Pubfair positions repositories (and the content managed by repositories) as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication. It moves our thinking beyond the artificial distinction between green and gold open access by combining the strengths of open repositories with easy-to-use review and publishing tools for a multitude of research outputs. Building on a distributed network of institutions and repositories, the Pubfair model spreads the costs of publishing across participating institutions, leading to a more sustainable and inclusive system of funding scholarly communication while ensuring quality control and trust.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 1 While many of the technologies, standards and protocols to support the Pubfair framework have already been identified through the Next Generation Repositories report, there is still profiling that needs to take place to define the architecture and workflows for this framework. In addition, because repository systems worldwide are at different levels of development, one of the major challenges with the Pubfair model will be to get a critical number of repositories at the level that can support the new functionalities proposed through Pubfair. COAR continues to advance the work related to these challenges by profiling the Pubfair framework through the NGR Expert Group, while at the same time, begin to pilot some value added services, support the adoption of new technologies into repository platforms, and help the international community to upgrade to more modern repository systems.

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