In 2018, the SciELO Program will celebrate 20 years of operation, in full alignment with the advances of open science.
Over the last two decades, the SciELO Program has consolidated itself as one of the most important programs for international cooperation in support of Open Access Scholarly Communication. The SciELO Network, a cooperative network under the SciELO Program and which spans 15 countries, indexes and publishes close to one thousand peer reviewed open access journals as national collections. The SciELO Network publishes over 50,000 new documents per year, having reached a total of more than 700,000 documents during SciELO’s 20 years of operation. On average, the Network registers 1.5 million accesses and downloads daily (calculated according to the COUNTER methodology).
The SciELO 20 Years Conference will address and debate – during its three day program – the main political, methodological and technological issues and trends that define today’s state of the art in scholarly communication. These issues will also be shaping the future of the universal openness of scholarly publishing and its relationship with today’s Open Access journals, in particular those of the SciELO Network. One of the topics of interest will be the alignment of the journals and SciELO’s operations with the practices of open science, such as publishing research data, expediting editorial processes and communication through the continuous publication of articles and the adoption of preprints, maximizing the transparency of research evaluation and the flow of scholarly communication, and searching for more comprehensive systems for assessing articles and journals.
A two-day meeting of the coordinators of the national collections of the SciELO Network will take place prior to the Conference. New lines of action that will guide the development of SciELO for the forthcoming five years will be addressed and discussed.
The celebration of SciELO’s 20 year anniversary constitutes an important landmark in SciELO’s evolution, and an exceptional moment to promote the advancement of an inclusive, global approach to scholarly communication and to the open access movement while respecting the diversities of thematic and geographic areas, as well as of languages of scientific research.