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

Around the research Alliance and it’s partners


Open Science Conference – Call for Project Presentations

The Open Science Conference 2019 is the 6th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. It is dedicated to the Open Science movement.   Within this context, this call invites the research community as well as further import stakeholders of the Open Science movement to submit project presentations and other contributions covering topics including (but not limited to)

  • Recent innovations in infrastructures, technologies, and tools supporting Open Science practices
  • Best practices dealing with Open Science implementation and education
  • Empirical studies and use cases about the application, acceptance, establishment, and improvements of Open Science practices
  • Quality assurance in an Open Science system, e.g., in the context of ‘predatory science

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 12 October 2018
  • Conference dates: Berlin (Germany), 19-20 March 2019

Open Science in Psychological Research: DGPs, Hogrefe and ZPID sign Partnership Agreement

The German Psychological Society, the Hogrefe Publishing Group, and ZPID have entered a partnership to foster research transparency, reproducibility, and replicability in psychology, encompassing a comprehensive and interrelated set of Open Science offerings.

Impact School 2018

 From 17-19 September the Impact School organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 took place at HIIG Berlin. A report from Benedikt Fecher and Nataliia Sokolovska about the idea behind the Impact School (Link only available in German) is available on Additionally, they sat down with Christian Kobsda for an interview (Link only available in German) who held a workshop on impacting politics at the event.

Digital Learning Map – A database for digital media in higher education

By now digital media have become an integral part of learning at most universities. Their use is versatile, ranging from interactive quizzes tracking learning progress to virtual classrooms or online lecture recordings to rework a course. These and other potential applications of digital media in higher education are from now on presented at the Digital Learning Map created by the “Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien”.

News around GenR

Citation Indicators in Transition: Sharpening our insight into science requires more than refining existing citation indicators

In his blogpost, Dave Kochalko (co-founder of ARTIFACTS) is giving a recap of the 23rd International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI 2018). He argues that scientometrics is well-positioned to provide analysis and insight into what’s working well in science and what’s not, and the need to make new citation metrics from these findings.

The Busiest Researchers Ever! The Decentralized Web & Ending the Culture of Misguided Metrics in Science

Karmen Condic-Jurkic’s blogpost looks at a reboot for academic knowledge infrastructures with the decentralized web as a thought catalyst for making science in new ways: to disseminate knowledge faster and more easily; and to call for a clean start on metrics for making better research by rewarding—best practice, scientific integrity, or to steer research to be socially relevant for example with experiments in tokenomics.

Open Science in General


Call for presentations and abstract submissions for the General Online Research conference (GOR 19)

Are you working on research on web and mobile Web survey methodology, online market research, Big Data and data science, or politics and online communication? Then submit your abstract to GOR 19, the international conference on online research. This year’s conference seeks submissions in Internet Surveys, Mobile web, Online Research Methodology, Big Data and Data Science, Politics and Online Communication, and Online Market Research.

Deadlines for abstract submissions:

  • 15 November 2018 (presentations for Tracks A, B, C and GOR Thesis Award 2019 competition),
  • 3 December 2018 (presentations for GOR Best Practice Award 2019 competition) and
  • 24 January 2019 (posters and GOR Poster Award 2019 competition)

Do we need an Open Science coalition?

Open Science is a strange concept. Depending on who you speak to, it can be a set of scientific practices, a social justice issue, a complete fad, part of a political capitalist regime, or just a different but undefinable form of traditional science. This article from Elephant in the Lab reflects this variety which is both a strength of Open Science, and its greatest weakness. Clearly a diversity of views on whatever Open Science is helps us to create a vision of what it is in reality as a boundary object.

Collaborative research skills should be meaningfully incorporated into undergraduate programmes

In this article for LSE Impact Blog, Nora J Casson states that scientific research has changed. Now being largely conducted in collaborative teams. However, undergraduate student training has not necessarily kept pace with these changes. In order to work effectively in collaborative settings, students need to develop not only the technical skills related to their discipline, but also communication and interpersonal skills needed to work in teams.

Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

Everyone should be free to learn and knowledge should be disseminated as widely as possible. No one would publicly disagree with these sentiments. Yet governments and universities have allowed the big academic publishers to deny these rights. Academic publishing might sound like an obscure and fusty affair, but it uses one of the most ruthless and profitable business models of any industry as George Monbiot shows in this article for The Guardian.

European Research & Innovation At Risk After Copyright Vote

The European Parliament voted to approve proposed changes to copyright reform. LIBER welcomes improvements which will help libraries to better preserve, digitise, and share their collections but remains deeply concerned that a lack of support for critical technologies such as Text and Data Mining (TDM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) imply a bleak future for research and innovation in Europe. Read more about it in their statement.

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