Free courses – Polish MOOC platform NAVOICA

The Ministry of Education and Science strongly recommends taking advantage of the free online courses available on the NAVOICA platform. The educational offer of the service is continually being developed and expanded. Nearly 200 courses prepared by various universities are available on the service.

The portaloffers courses in Polish, English, Ukrainian, German and Russian in various fields, including law, programming and natural sciences.

The address of the platform:

Communication of 4 May 2021 on the financing of the 2021 licence

On 29 April 2021. The Rector of the University of Warsaw signed an annex to the agreement between MEiN and UW for funding of the NPV in 2021. It is expected that the annex will be countersigned in the coming days by the Minister of Education and Science. This annex includes:

Purchase of national licences for 2021: Cell and Elsevier journals with open access publishing (OA), Springer with OA, Wiley, the journal Nature, the journal Science (including the OA Science Advances programme), the Scopus, SciVal, Web of Science, InCites databases, and Poland’s contribution to the Scoap3 programme in 2021, with the grant for national licences allocated so far being sufficient to cover costs until at least 30 October 2021, possibly a few weeks longer depending on exchange rates.
Funding for the purchase of consortium licences for 2021: ACS from OA, AIP, APS, CAS SciFinder, CUP from OA, Emerald from OA, EMIS, IEEE from OA, IOP from OA, JSTOR, Knovel, LWW from OA, NPG, OECD/IEA, OUP from OA, Passport, ProQuest, Reaxys and Taylor&Francis from OA, with the grant awarded being sufficient to cover the planned funding of consortium licences for the full year 2021.

Once the MoE countersigns the annex for funding, ICM will start signing contracts with publishers or publishers’ agents. New funding agreements for the Emerald, Knovel, LWW, Passport, OECD, ProQuest, Reaxys consortia and annexes to the ACS, IOP and IEEE multi-year agreements are already ready for signature, and the CAS SciFinder agreement does not need to be annexed. New grant agreements are still being prepared for AIP, APS, JSTOR, EMIS, CUP, OUP, Taylor&Francis and NPG. It is hoped that all contracts will be signed by the end of May. ICM will be producing minutes and procedural notices for the new contracts signed on an ongoing basis and we anticipate that these documents will start to appear after 15 May. Newly signed contracts and proceedings documentation will be made available for inspection by consortium licence coordinators for consortium participants. In the case of multi-year contracts, the signed annexes to these contracts and the 2020 procurement documentation will be made available.

After the signing of the annex for funding by the MoE, the ICM will also sign agreements with participants in consortia coordinated directly by the ICM, viz: ACS, CAS SciFinder, IOP, ProQuest and Reaxys. ICM expects to issue invoices for contributions to participants in these consortia in the 2nd half of May. Participants in consortia coordinated by publishers or agents can start signing their individual subscription agreements with publishers or agents as soon as ICM’s funding agreements with publishers or agents become available.

Source: ICM – Virtual Library of Science | ICM- Wirtualna Biblioteka Nauki

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Open Research Europe

Open Research Europe is an open access publishing platform for the publication of research stemming from Horizon 2020 funding across all subject areas. The platform makes it easy for Horizon 2020 beneficiaries to comply with the open access terms of their funding and offers researchers a publishing venue to share their results and insights rapidly and facilitate open, constructive research discussion.

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The Elsevier 2019 open publishing programme completed

The Elsevier 2019 open publishing programme has been completed – a pool of 500 articles has been used. Authors who have volunteered to change their 2019 open access publications and fit into the available pool will receive individual messages in the coming days with links to a form where you can change the way you publish.


Information from WBN – 8th January 2020.

2nd Seminar about HR Excellence in Research award for Polish institutions

On January 18, 2019, at the University of Warsaw Library(BUW), the second edition of the Seminar for institutions applying and implementing the principles related to the distinction EC – HR Excellence in Research was held. The National Contact Point organised the meeting. About 60 participants representing universities, institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences and research institutes participated in it, max. one person was representing the unit. The meeting program was based on new issues related to the implementation of the Charter and Code principles, changes in conducting the process of obtaining the award and basic information related to HRS4R. The speech of dr Andrzej Kurkiewicz, deputy director in the Department of Innovation and Development at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education – “Law 2.0 and the HRS4R Strategy”.
Dr Katarzyna Świerk, Head of the Science Bureau, Plenipotentiary of UG on Open Access to publications and results of scientific research at UG, presented issues related to communication in the HR Excellence in Research process and topics related to Open Access. Dr Anna Stachowiak-Szrejbrowska, Chairwoman of the HR Working Group at the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, presented the methods of effective implementation of the HRS4R Strategy.
HRS4R coordinator at IUNG-PIB and the EC accessor – dr Monika Kowalik, ran one of five discussion panels entitled “How to effectively promote HR distinction in the internal and the external environment?”. Other groups included the following issues:
• How to prepare and implement an Action Plan?
• How to conduct an internal assessment of the implementation of the Charter and the Code?
• How to enforce the rules of the Charter and the Code systematically?
• How to motivate employees and doctoral candidates of the institution to develop a career?
Summary of the meeting was made by Ms Anna Wiśniewska – a representative of the NCP (KPK).