Weekly digest: PIDfest, MAPS 2024 EMEA, and research integrity

Sophie Nobes

This week, we signpost the first Conference on Persistent Identifiers, and we read summaries of the MAPS 2024 EMEA Annual Meeting. We learn about how the STM Integrity Hub has progressed in the 2 years since its launch and about the ERROR project, which gives financial rewards to people who identify errors in research publications. Finally, we read about CSAL’s new Open Knowledge Maps membership.

PIDfest 2024 via pidfest.org

The inaugural Conference on Persistent Identifiers (PIDfest) will be held in Prague, Czechia, from 11 to 13 June 2024. The conference programme will bring together stakeholders to explore how persistent identifiers (PIDs) can support global research infrastructure. Registration for onsite and virtual attendance is open now.

MAPS 2024 EMEA Annual Meeting summaries via The Publication Plan | 19-minute read

Taking place from 12 to 14 May in Madrid, Spain, the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) 2024 Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Annual Meeting allowed attendees to explore how to take their work From action to impact. Summaries of day one and day two of the meeting are now available.

Learnings from the STM Integrity Hub via The Scholarly Kitchen | 8-minute read

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) Integrity Hub, which provides technology to screen submitted manuscripts for research integrity concerns, has grown rapidly since its launch 2 years ago. The platform now has more than 35 supporting organizations and over 100 people participating in working groups, task forces and governance structure. In this post, Joris van Rossum (Product Director of the STM Integrity Hub and Program Director of STM Solutions) reflects on the initiative’s progress since 2022 and his wishes for the future of research integrity.a

Scholarly bounty hunters via Nature | 5-minute read

“Making error detection and correction part of the scientific landscape is a sound investment” says Malte Elson (Professor of Psychology of Digitalisation at the University of Bern). This is the rationale behind Estimating the Reliability and Robustness of Research (ERROR) – a pilot project that rewards specialist reviewers for identifying errors in highly cited research papers. Modelled after the ‘bug bounty’ programmes used by Google and the US Department of Defense, the initiative aims to highlight the importance of systematic error detection in published research. More information about ERROR – including how to become a reviewer – is available on the project website.a

CSAL becomes Open Knowledge Maps member via Open Knowledge Maps | 3-minute read

The Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries (CSAL) has become a member of Open Knowledge Maps, making it the first academic consortium to pledge support for the artificial intelligence (AI)-driven visual discovery platform. The membership covers nine consortium institutions and the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP), which will connect Open Knowledge Maps visualizations to over 500 libraries.a

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aPaige – a generative AI tool created by Oxford PharmaGenesis – was used to create an early draft of this summary. Paige uses OpenAI’s GPT Large Language Models, securely and privately accessed from within Microsoft’s Azure platform. The AI-generated output was reviewed, modified or rewritten, and checked for accuracy by at least one member of the Open Pharma team. The news pieces included in the weekly digest are curated by the Open Pharma team without the use of AI.