News on Science 2.0 and Open Science (Newsletter December 2018)

Around the research alliance and it’s partners


Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0: General Assembly

On 28 November the alliance partners came together in Berlin for the annual general assembly. Two new members, the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning and the impact distillery, joined our alliance which now consists of 39 partners. But most important, the members agreed on a new strategy for the alliance with a full thematic shift towards Open Science. This will come to operation in 2019. We will keep you updated.

Help to sustain OKMaps

Our partner Open Knowledge Maps is looking for your help! As a charitable non-profit organization, it depends on donations. OKMaps is the world’s largest visual search engine for scientific knowledge. Its open, ad-free service is used by hundreds of thousands of people. Its goal is to develop Open Knowledge Maps into a collaborative system, so that all participants can build on top of each others’ knowledge. You can find more info here on how to support OKMaps.

Netiquette and profile in Science 2.0: New Publications

Our research alliance project ‘Netiquette and profile in Science 2.0’  has published two interesting new open access papers:

GenR – Latest Blogposts


Making a ‘Pre-Publishing’ Research Workflow Open Source

This article is a collaborative work to make ‘pre-publishing’ research workflow fully Open Source. It is based on Dr Corina Logans’s keynote “We won’t be… ‘Bullied into Bad Science’” at the Munin Conference on scholarly publishing in Norway on 28-29 November.

Illuminating Dark Knowledge

Peter Kraker is writing on how innovation in search engines needs renewing with open working and open indexes. He introduces the work of OKMaps and good practice for infrastructure building.

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

Open Science in General


Replication studies in economics — How many and which papers are chosen for replication, and why?

Frank Mueller-Langer, Benedikt Fecher, Dietmar Harhoff, and Gert Wagner investigate how often replication studies are published in empirical economics and what types of journal articles are replicated. Narrow replication studies are typically devoted to mere replication of prior work, while scientific replication studies provide a broader analysis. They find evidence that higher-impact articles and articles by authors from leading institutions are more likely to be replicated, whereas the replication probability is lower for articles that appeared in one of the top 5 economics journals. Their analysis also suggests that mandatory data disclosure policies may have a positive effect on the incidence of replication.

Release of the FOSTER Open Science toolkit

FOSTER Plus developed a set of ten free online courses covering key topics of Open Science. Each course takes about one hour to complete and a badge is awarded after successful completion. You will need to create a free account on the FOSTER portal if you wish to claim your badge, but the courses can also be accessed without registration if no badge is desired. The order you take the courses in is not important, the system tracks your progress regardless and you can claim the badge as soon as you completed each of the suggested courses.

Special Issue “Third Mission and Societal Impact”: Call for Contributions

Establishing deeper engagement with industry, politics, media, and civil society has become a key concern for universities who have established a third mission alongside their core teaching and research missions. The third mission is set on three pillars: continuing education, social engagement, and (knowledge) transfer. This issue welcomes contributions that address the governance, evaluation, and organizational management of third mission activities. More info on possible topics can be found here.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 February 2019
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2019

Open Science Movement: How “HackYourPhD” fosters Open Science in France and Abroad

Open science emerged mainly from grass-roots organizations. “HackYourPhD” is a France-based worldwide community of Open Science activists. Guillaume Dumas, Célya Gruson-Daniel, and Matthieu Le Chanjour answered interview questions from ZBW MediaTalk on the community’s mission and activities. They also talked about how they perceived the shift from a mainly grass-roots movement to Open Science as a trending topic in research policy.

Open Science in Africa

Open Science is becoming increasingly popular globally and provides unprecedented opportunities for scientists in Africa, South East Asia, and Latin America. African scientists face several difficulties when attempting to get their work published in peer-reviewed journals – there is a small number of publication platforms, a lack of knowledge and access difficulties related to existing journals. Justin Ahinon and Jo Havemann (both founders of AfricArXiv) talk in this article from Elephant in the lab about the development of Open Science services in Africa, initiatives, the current situation, and chances in the future.

Making Magic Happen: Implementing and Contributing Data Citations in Support of Today’s Scholarship

This article walks through all stages in the life cycle of a paper to demonstrate which actions publishers should take at each stage. The authors highlight three of the most important steps for making data count — steps that publishers can take immediately. The first is in their guidelines, the second is in their production workflow, and the third is in the metadata deposit to Crossref.

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