Weekly digest: Open Pharma case study, diamond OA, and metadata

Sophie Nobes

This week, we feature the Open Pharma case study from The State of Open Data supplementary report. We read a summary of the second Diamond Open Access Conference, a consensus review on preprint peer review, and reflections from eLife on their publishing model. We learn about a new Springer Nature open code policy and read a report on the funding of scientific publications from the EU. Finally, we watch a recording from the Research Organization Registry exploring the need for good funding metadata, and we signpost an upcoming webinar from ORCID.

To read:

The State of Open Data: case studies for the future of open research data via Digital Science | 50-minute read

Digital Science, figshare and Springer Nature have published a supplement to The State of Open Data 2023 report. The supplement, titled From theory to practice: case studies and commentary from libraries, publishers, funders and industry, outlines four case studies demonstrating real-life perspectives on the open sharing of research data. Read about how Open Pharma supports responsible data sharing for pharma research publications on page 19.

Report from the second Diamond Open Access Conference via Zenodo | 40-minute read

The second Diamond Open Access Conference – part of the 2023 Global Summit on Diamond Open Access – brought together global stakeholders to explore key elements of diamond open access, including infrastructure, governance and sustainability. This report summarizes the proceedings of the conference and establishes the next steps for the open access ecosystem.  

Recommendations for preprint peer review via PLOS Biology | 20-minute read

In the context of open science, peer review is often criticized for being inefficient and for lacking transparency. This consensus review from 63 key figures in the open science movement calls for stakeholders across the research publication life cycle to participate in and promote preprint peer review. Recommendations include funding preprint review services, creating links between preprints and preprint reviews, and making preprints a requirement at submission.

Rejecting the binary: preprints and open peer review via eLife Magazine | 5-minute read

Since 2021, eLife has made a number of radical changes to its publishing model. In this editorial for the eLife magazine, eLife editors reflect on their experiences of launching an open review process while encouraging other publishers to ditch the ‘accept or reject’ publication model. 

Springer Nature announces open code policy via Springer Nature Group | 2-minute read

Springer Nature has announced a new unified open code policy in an effort to make research replicable and reproducible. From February 2024, authors will be encouraged to make any code developed as part of their research publicly available and to declare the details of this code sharing in a code availability statement. 

Funding scientific publishing in the EU via Publications Office of the European Union | 2-hour read

The European Union (EU) broadly supports the adoption of open science practices across member states. However, a lack of information about scholarly publication costs and practices is preventing open science uptake. This report outlines steps member states and publishers can take to increase the transparency of publishing costs.

To watch:

Research Organization Registry metadata for research integrity via YouTube | 1-hour watch

In this video from the Research Organization Registry (ROR) 2024 annual meeting, panellists Howard Ratner (Executive Director at CHORUS), Caroline Burley (Journals Manager, Publishing Services & Production at the Royal Society of Chemistry), Sarah Lippincott (Head of Community Engagement at Dryad), Patricia Feeney (Head of Metadata at Crossref) and Kristen Ratan (Founder of Stratos) explore why we all need good funding metadata.

To engage with:

Lessons from the ORCID Global Participation Fund via ORCID

Join ORCID on 13 March for its webinar Spearheading change across the globe: a showcase of ORCID Global Participation Fund awardees. Speakers Lombe Tembo (Grant Program Officer/Engagement Lead at ORCID), Lasith Gunawardena (Head – Department of Information Technology at University of Sri Jayewardenepura), Owen Iyoha (CEO of Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative), Urooj Nizami (Community Engagement and Outreach Librarian at Public Knowledge Project) and Sheila Rabun (Senior Strategist, Research Infrastructure Programs at Lyrasis) will their share their experiences of applying for the ORCID Global Participation Fund grant, and will outline how their institutions are encouraging ORCID uptake.

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