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Open science infiltrates the engine room of research: ZBW panel at the German Economic Association annual conference 2019

by Olaf Siegert The ZBW was also represented in the conference programme at this year’s annual conference of the German Economic Association (22 – 25 September 2019 at the University of Leipzig), specifically with a panel on the topic of “Open Science as a leitmotif for economics?”. The panel discussion was chaired by Willi Scholz as chair of the theme Open Science, in its various facets, accompanied by four representatives of the research community: Ulrich Fritsche ( University of Hamburg), among other roles co-editor of the open access, open peer review journal Economics Joachim Gassen (Humboldt University of Berlin), among […]


Guidelines: Electronic Lab Notebooks in Research Data Management

we were talking with Beatrix Adam and Birte Lindstädt Introducing an electronic lab notebook (ELN) often represents the initial spark that prompts people to reflect on their research data management and take further steps. We spoke with research data experts Beatrix Adam and Birte Lindstädt from the ZB MED, who have recently published the ELN Guide “Electronic lab notebooks in the context of Research Data Management and good scientific practice – a guide for life sciences” (“Elektronische Laborbücher im Kontext von Forschungsdatenmanagement und guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis – ein Wegweiser für die Lebenswissenschaften” – link in German language); it discusses the […]


Open Access: AfricArXiv facilitates knowledge exchange between Africa and Europe

we were talking with Johanna Havemann and Justin Sègbédji Ahinon North-South dialogues and collaborations are of a very high relevance for the development of open science. AfricArXiv is a pre-print repository established to allow African scientists to publish their manuscripts in several African languages including English. Justin Sègbédji Ahinon and Johanna Havemann are members of the AfricArXiv steering committee and tell us why this is a great opportunity for developing countries to collaborate with researchers globally. What advantages does open science have for international collaboration and what challenges still need to be tackled? The open science movement is already paving […]


Open Science in Research Projects: Library supports from Grant Proposal to Final Report

we were talking with Romain Féret The University of Lille has set up a service supporting researchers (Link in French language; short service description in English language) with their research projects from the beginning. We talked to Romain Féret who is in charge of open access and research data management at the library of the University of Lille. Your library has set up a special open science service dedicated to research projects. What are the service’s goals? The first goal of our service is to increase the quality of our researchers’ grant proposals and to improve their projects’ feasibility. It […]


Legal Compendium on Open Science: Guideline answers Legal Questions

by Stefanie Porath-Walsh The Hamburg Open Science programme has had a guideline, “Legal Issues in Open Science” (link in German language, „Rechtsfragen bei Open Science“), being prepared. Implementing open science poses major practical challenges to academic authors. In particular when it comes to licences, author contracts, data protection law or liability, there is often uncertainty. With this compendium, the Hamburg Open Science Programme aims to provide practical support for practitioners of open science and to help remove existing obstacles on the way to greater transparency in science. Hamburg Open Science was able to win the copyright and data protection experts […]


Interview: Open Access Preprints boost Article Citations and Mentions

we were talking with Nicholas Fraser In a recently published study (PDF) a team of researchers of ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences analysed if preprints are associated with increased citations and sharings of journal articles. Nicholas Fraser, postdoctoral researcher at ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, explains their findings to us. What was the topic of your recently published research on preprints? Our new study was undertaken as part of the “OASE” project, where we are aiming to understand how open access to scientific publications influences their impact, […]


GO CHANGE Workshop: How ‘Yes, but…’ can be changed into a FAIR scientific culture

we were talking with Ines Drefs The GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office organizes workshops on a regular basis for the FAIR community. Ines Drefs, the international speaker at the GO FAIR office in Hamburg, talks in the following interview about the outcomes of the GO CHANGE workshop held in Frankfurt am Main on 19 June 2019.       What was the objective of the GO CHANGE workshop? We had three specific objectives. Lately a lot of universities and research centres have opened what are known as competence centres, the purpose of which is to support researchers in […]


Exhibition Open UP! How digitisation is transforming science

by Birgit Fingerle and Dr Doreen Siegfried As digitisation gathers pace, libraries are being transformed into the first point of reference for a knowledge-based society. And yet, this is not a change with which the public automatically identifies; many people still think of libraries as analogue places for printed material. It is because of this gulf in understanding that scientific infrastructure service providers often have to go to considerable lengths to explain their current profile. If they are to successfully communicate their relevance, they will have to ensure that their various stakeholder groups fully understand the digital transformation of libraries. […]


Guidelines: How to implement Open Peer Review and foster its adoption

interview with Dr Tony Ross-Hellauer In February 2019 the “Guidelines for Open Peer Review Implementation” were published by Tony Ross-Hellauer and Edit Görögh. The publication came up as a result of a workshop held in London about one year ago within the OpenUP EU project. Around 15 publishing industry experts as well as peer review researchers took part. The results of an online survey previously conducted on attitudes towards open peer review amongst academic editors, authors, reviewers and publishers for the OpenAIRE2020 project were also taken into account. The guidelines are made for publishers and for editors. They help to […]