Weekly digest: Open Pharma symposium, Nelson Memo and TikTok

Mark Elms

This week, we are excited to share with you the recording from the Open Pharma symposium that took place in September! We also hear about the Nelson Memo from the woman herself, Alondra Nelson, and we read about the unexpected role that TikTok could have in the future of scholarly publishing. We also hear about the underwhelming rates of data sharing in COVID-19 preprints, the launch of the DIAMAS Project, and the upcoming International Open Access Week. Finally, we highlight OpenAIRE’s plans for Open Access Week, the opening of registrations for the NISO Plus 2023 conference, and an Italian open science portal.

To watch:

Watch the Open Pharma symposium video via YouTube | 1 hour 45-minute watch

On 14 September, we at Open Pharma held our first in-person public event in 3 years – our symposium titled ‘Who can we trust? Open science and pharma research’. The symposium was a satellite event to the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Annual Conference and Awards 2022. Watch the recording of the event for an exciting discussion about the role of open science in building trust in pharma research, with a particular focus on open access and accessible summaries of research.

To read:

The Nelson Memo: Q&A with Alondra Nelson via The Scholarly Kitchen | 12-minute read

Following the groundbreaking open access policy from the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP), also known as the ‘Nelson Memo’, writers from The Scholarly Kitchen submitted a series of questions to Alondra Nelson, who was Director of the OSTP at the time of the memo’s writing and announcement. In this article, Alondra provides answers to these questions, focusing on topics such as the risks and benefits of increased openness in science, whether the recommendations are optional, and the potential impact on non-profit scholarly publishers.

Does TikTok have a future role in scholarly publishing? via Council of Science Editors | 5-minute read

TikTok and scholarly publishing may not seem like the most obvious bedfellows. However, this article by Jennifer Regala (Director of Publications and Executive Editor at the American Urological Association) argues that TikTok could have a role in the future of scholarly publishing. Jennifer highlights TikTok’s huge potential for continuing conversations about important research and current scientific hot topics through accessible, easy to understand and entertaining videos.

Data sharing for COVID-19 preprints via The Publication Plan | 2-minute read

In the pandemic age, the rapid dissemination of research has been critical for public health responses and, as a result, a large fraction of COVID-19 research has been made available via preprints. But how common is data sharing in COVID-19 preprints? A recent study published in Scientometrics found that only 26% of 699 COVID-19 preprints included a data sharing statement, with raw data only being accessible for 15% of all articles.

Lift-off for the DIAMAS diamond open access project via OPERAS | 3-minute read

The DIAMAS Project – announced at the Diamond Open Access Conference in September and funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe initiative – has been successfully launched. With the aim of “developing institutional open access publishing models to advance scholarly communication”, this 3-year project brings together 23 European open science organizations, including OPERAS, DOAJ, OASPA and the European Science Foundation (on behalf of cOAlition S). These organizations will evaluate the European diamond open access publishing landscape and develop a common set of standards, guidelines and practices for publishing diamond open access.

To engage with:

Open access tackles an inconvenient truth via Editage

This year’s International Open Access Week will take place between 24 and 30 October and will focus on one of the defining issues of our time, climate change. With the theme of ‘Open for Climate Justice‘, the week will provide an opportunity for global scholarly discussion about how open access can help combat climate change and what can be done to enable climate justice. It will include live events, expert interviews, resources and much more. You can get full access to all these events by clicking here.

A breath of OpenAIRE at Open Access Week via OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE is a non-profit partnership that exists to ensure a permanent open science communication infrastructure for European research. With Open Access Week fast approaching, OpenAIRE has announced its participation in the week, which will include hosting a number of events, workshops and webinars. Check out and register for OpenAIRE’s events for Open Access Week here.

The NISO Plus 2023 conference opens registrations via NISO Plus

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the opening of registrations for their fourth annual NISO Plus conference, which will take place virtually on 14–16 February 2023. The conference aims to solve existing and future problems in the publishing, library and research worlds. This year’s focus will be on “identifying concrete next steps to improve information flow and interoperability”. You can register for NISO Plus 2023 here!

The Italian Job: an Italian open science portal via Open-Science.it

Open-Science.it is an Italian open science portal created by ISTI-CNR that provides information, training materials, news and upcoming open science events across Italy. The portal is targeted towards any funding bodies, researchers, institutions and members of the public who want more information on open science topics, such as data management, regulations, repositories and initiatives.

Have you seen our commentary about user perspectives on plain language summaries? Read it here in Current Medical Research and Opinion.