News on Open Science and Science 2.0 (Newsletter December 2019)

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

What do we talk about when we talk about “Open”? On Education, Science, Research, and Open Scholarship

Today, and more than ever, “Open” is en vogue and yum! – a generously-applied denominator used as a modifier of existing paradigms both outside and within academia to signal something, new, improved, and better than the status quo – or is it? With a focus on the scholarly realm, the variety of Open ‘fields’ such as Open Data, Open Access, Open Source, and Open Education are usually seen as a response to the still-prevailing neoliberalism governing higher. Hence, the promise of a convergence of open practices in research and, more rarely, education, which is implicit in approaches to Open Research, Open Science, and Open Scholarship, is gaining prominence in scholarly discourse. Read up on the Ignition Talk of our research symposium OPINE.

Authenticity is particularly attractive

For Wiebke Rössig, the Science Barometer 2019 reinforces her experience with the participatory formats in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science. They also show that the involvement of the population must be intensified. Not least, science itself benefits from direct dialogue and exchange. Read more about these efforts in this article (Link in German) for

GenR – Latest Blogposts


Modeling Low Carbon Energy Futures for the United States

A new project will create an Open Energy Outlook for the United States to complement the US Annual Energy Outlook, which produces modeled projections of domestic energy markets. The Open Energy Outlook will utilize an open source energy system optimization model to examine US technology and policy pathways for deep decarbonization. Energy models provide a self-consistent framework to evaluate the effects of technology innovation, shifts in fuel prices, and new energy and climate policies. The focus on open source code and data is intended to foster community involvement in the effort, allow researchers to interrogate the model and reproduce published results, and engender trust within the broader community of modelers, analysts, and decision makers. Read more about the project in GenR’s current blogpost.

Open Science, Collaboration and Participation in Energy System Research

Ludwig Hülk´s blogpost thematises Open Energy Modelling, which has been built up as a research community over the last ten years aiming to bring transparency to the field using an array of Open Science methods for the planning of energy systems. The role of collaboration in the research cycle used by scientists in this engineering community is now an established Open Science practice. Similar practices of collaboration and participation outside of academia involving the public are still in their infancy. Harnessing public participation in energy planning and policy development is likely change as the energy sector is undergoing rapid changes due to its large contribution to greenhouse gases and the consequent demands for transparency and innovation to tackle climate change.

If you want to contribute an article on GenR please contact the editor Simon Worthington.


Open Science in General


Open Access in 2019: Which countries are the biggest publishers of OA journals?

Fifty percent of the Open Access (OA) journals listed in DOAJ in 2019 are published in Europe, and the United Kingdom is the biggest publisher of OA journals in DOAJ. It is important to note that it is unclear which OA journals are fully represented in DOAJ. There are a few surprises in the 10 largest countries in DOAJ. Latin America and the U.S. are well represented as usual, while Indonesia is now the second largest country in DOAJ, and Poland, Iran, and Turkey are among the top 10. Read more in this article.

 How the University of California Libraries are driving the open access movement

In this blog, Anneliese Taylor, Head of Scholarly Communication, at the University of California San Francisco Library, shares the key tactics that the University of California system has developed and deployed to promote Open Access publishing. Despite almost two decades of effort by the Open Access movement to transform scholarly publishing to an Open Access (OA) model, 80% of journal literature is still published behind a paywall. In order to break down the remaining access barriers on a sizeable scale, the ten-campus University of California system (UC) has made it their public service mission to openly transmit advanced knowledge.

Open Science Strategy: TU Delft aims at the pole position for the open era

The TU Delft has recently released its Open Science strategy and has expressed the ambition to be a frontrunner in this area. We take a look at the topics and the management approach it has chosen in order to prepare its staff and students for research and education in the open era. Read more about the programme in this blogpost for ZBW MediaTalk.

No breakthrough: 5 years of secondary publication rights for scientific journal articles

Since 2014, authors of scientific journal articles have had an indispensable right of secondary publication.  After one year, they can make articles from public research freely accessible on the internet. What are the stumbling blocks in practice? iRights Info (Link in German) offers an interesting interim balance.

New Open Access Podcast

Let’s be frank … about Open Access! In three podcast episodes (Podcast in German) for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Holger Klein talks to Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, Dr. Till Kreutzer, and Prof. Dr. Ellen Euler about the Open Access movement, its significance for science, legal issues, and also about where the scientific publishing system must develop.

Upcoming Events

Leave a Reply

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.