Weekly digest: Open Pharma data sharing survey, diamond open access and UOSPER 2023

Mark Elms

This week, we highlight our data sharing needs assessment survey, which was launched last week! We also highlight upcoming webinars from Plan S, as well as sessions from UOSPER 2023. We read about the future of data sharing in biomedical research publishing, and we learn who should be responsible for implementing open access mandates. We also learn about the benefits of Registered Reports, and we read the Publishers Association’s summary of the UK publishing landscape in 2022.

To engage with:

Open Pharma launches data sharing needs assessment survey via Open Pharma

Earlier this month, we launched our survey on journal data sharing needs for pharma-sponsored publications. This needs assessment survey aims to gain insight into whether there are barriers to implementing current journal data sharing policies when publishing pharma-sponsored research in peer-reviewed journals. The survey can be completed by anyone who has been involved in submitting a pharma-sponsored research manuscript to a peer-reviewed biomedical research journal, or anyone involved in developing or fulfilling journal data sharing statements. Make sure to have your say here!

The Diamond Open Access 2023 Roadmap via Plan S

Prior to the upcoming Global Summit on Diamond Open Access taking place in October 2023, Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS and the French National Research Agency are hosting two webinars on diamond open access. In addition to these webinars, Plan S is celebrating 1 year since the launch of its Action Plan for Diamond Open Access, which has since been endorsed by 146 organizations and 138 individuals. An overview of the first webinar, which took place on Monday, will soon to be released. The second webinar will take place on 18 September 2023 and will be aimed at individuals and organizations that have endorsed the Action Plan, which you can do here.

Catch up on UOSPER 2023 via Center for Open Science

The 2023 Unconference on Open Scholarship Practices for Education Research (UOSPER) took place earlier this year and brought together over 400 participants from 53 different countries to discuss open scholarship in education research. The recorded sessions from UOSPER 2023 are now available to view online for free! You can also keep up to date with the latest developments in open scholarship in education research at the Center for Open Science’s upcoming events page, including a free webinar on open educational resources and metascience that will take place on 12 July 2023.

To read:

The future directions of data sharing via Nature Methods | 5-minute read

In this article published in Nature Methods, the authors evaluate current data sharing behaviours and explore future directions for data sharing best practice. Recent open science mandates like the 2022 American open access mandate on federally funded research mean that data sharing will become far more common in the years ahead. This article highlights that, while some biomedical science fields – such as proteomics and genomics – already have many of the necessary infrastructures and standards in place to meet new data sharing mandates, others – such as immunology, neuroscience, and microscopy – lag behind, with questions remaining in these fields about how best to meet new open science mandates.

Who is responsible for implementing open access mandates? via The Scholarly Kitchen | 6-minute read

Are university libraries responsible for implementing open access mandates? “No” answers Roger C Schonfeld (Vice President of Organizational Strategy for ITHAKA and ITHAKA S+R’s libraries, scholarly communication and museums programme) in this article published in The Scholarly Kitchen. See whether you agree with Roger and take part in the lively discussion taking place in the comments at the bottom of the article!

The top five benefits of Registered Reports via PLOS | 3-minute read

Registered Reports are a form of scientific article that follow an inverted publication process compared to standard research articles. With Registered Reports, the authors outline how they plan to perform their study and how they will collect and analyse their data. This outline is then peer reviewed, and the study design is revised before any scientific investigations take place. If approved, the research can be undertaken with a guarantee of publication by the journal, regardless of the results, so long as the study design has been adhered to or any changes explained coherently. This article from PLOS highlights the top five benefits of Registered Reports, especially for early career researchers.

A year in the UK publishing industry via Publishers Association | 5-minute read

The Publishers Association has released a summary of how the UK publishing industry performed during 2022. Titled A Year in Publishing, the summary shows that total sales within the UK publishing industry reached £6.9 billion in 2022, an increase of 4% from the previous year. Additionally, 2022 saw the largest recorded number of physical books ever sold by the UK publishing industry. You can view the entire 2022 summary here.

Have you watched our talk shows on the future of pharma research communications? Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 of the talk shows on our YouTube channel!