Weekly digest: patient-centric publications, Year of Open Science and CNRS

Mark Elms

This week, we listen to a podcast on patient-centric publications, and we highlight a call for proposals from the Year of Open Science Culminating Conference. We read about the CNRS unsubscribing from Scopus, about T&F joining DOAB’s PRISM initiative and about the results of a survey about researchers’ methods sharing practices. We also learn about a new open access agreement between Wiley and Californian research institutions and why observational studies should be registered. Finally, we read about open data governance at the CONP.

To listen to:

Delivering patient-centric publications via ISMPP | 25-minute listen

In the first episode of the InformED podcast of 2024, join Adeline Rosenberg (Senior Medical Writer at Oxford PharmaGenesis), Trishna Bharadia (Lecturer in Patient Engagement at King’s College London) and Gavin Jones (Global Lead of Patient Centricity at OPEN Health) as they discuss the importance of patient involvement and patient centricity in scientific publications and healthcare information.

To interact with:

Year of Open Science Culminating Conference call for proposals via Center for Open Science

To showcase the outcomes of the 2023 Year of Open Science, the Center for Open Science and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are hosting the Year of Open Science Culminating Conference. Taking place on 21 and 22 March 2024, the theme of the conference will be ‘Embracing the Future: Open Science in the US Federal Context and Beyond’. Submissions are now open for sessions, lightning talks and organizational stories. The deadline for submissions is 24 January 2024 and you can submit here!

To read:

CNRS unsubscribes from the Scopus database via CNRS | 2-minute read

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) has unsubscribed from the Scopus publications database. As part of its evolving open science policy, the CNRS has described unsubscribing from Scopus as “the first stage of the process of freeing the CNRS from commercial databases and gradually switching to free bibliographic tools that are more in line with its open science policy”. Indeed, the CNRS has committed to stop using commercial bibliographic databases completely as soon as adequate open solutions are available.

T&F joins the PRISM peer review initiative via STM Publishing News | 2-minute read

Provided by the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), the Peer Review Information Service for Monographs (PRISM) allows academic publishers to display information about their peer review processes across their entire catalogue. Taylor & Francis (T&F) has now joined the PRISM initiative, meaning that all peer reviews of T&F open access books will be available to DOAB users via the PRISM platform.

What are researchers’ practices and priorities for sharing methods? via PeerJ | 35-minute read

This article, written by authors from PLOS, surveyed almost a thousand researchers about their attitudes and behaviours relating to methods sharing. The authors found that the most common approach to methods sharing was private sharing upon request, but they also found a substantial proportion (33%) of researchers publicly shared detailed methods independently of their research. The article also highlights the most significant barriers to public methods sharing and discusses what can be done to increase methods sharing.

Wiley signs new open access agreement with Californian research institutions via Office of Scholarly Communication at the University of California | 5-minute read

Wiley has finalized a new open access agreement with the University of California system, as well as 48 academic and research institutions represented by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium. The 3-year read-and-publish agreement will allow authors at participating institutions to publish their research open access at lower or no cost in more than 1600 hybrid and gold open access Wiley journals. The agreement also allows researchers at participating institutions to freely access Wiley journals.

Register observational studies to improve transparency and reliability via BMJ | 12-minute read

This article, published in the BMJ, argues that observational studies should be routinely registered to improve transparency and reliability. Although registration is standard practice for clinical trials, the same cannot be said for observational research, with opponents arguing that registration of observational studies would be unrealistic, unnecessary and overly complex. The authors of this publication disagree and provide several arguments to the contrary. They also discuss how to make widespread registration of observational studies easier, such as through the development of a central repository.

Open data strategies of the CONP via GigaScience | 22-minute read

The Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP) is an online portal that allows researchers at Canadian institutions to share neuroscience data. This article, published in GigaScience, discusses how those involved in setting up the CONP ensured that data shared on the platform adhere to established ethical, legal and privacy principles. The authors argue that the open data governance approach adopted by the CONP could be a viable model for data sharing in the wider neuroscience and open science communities.

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