Weekly digest: what’s happening in Open Science?

Tim Ellison

Featuring the release of the Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development document, the addition of citation data to Altmetric, the launch of Participation Reports by Crossref, and The Francis Crick Institute’s commitment to open access and preprints.

First formal draft of the Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development released via Zenodo

After more than a year of collaborative work, the first draft of the Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development has been published in 11 different formats. The document aims to agree on a strategy for the global implementation of open scholarship, a broad term that encompasses open science. The document is available for download here.

Altmetric announces the addition of citation data from Dimensions via Altmetric

This week, the alternative metrics provider Altmetric announced that it has added citations data from the linked research information platform Dimensions to all of its tools and services. Altmetric collects data on online sharing of published research, making it easier to track the broad impact of a publication. The addition of citations from Dimensions will increase the power of Altmetric’s service to give authors a better indication of the influence of their work.

Crossref launches Participation Reports to help visualize its metadata via Crossref

Crossref has announced this week that its Participation Reports service is in beta release, and therefore available for use. Participation Reports allows users to search for any Crossref member to find out how good their metadata are or, in other words, what percentage of their content includes the 10 key elements of metadata they should be providing, which include ORCID iDs, funding acknowledgements, reference lists and abstracts. The richer the metadata the more discoverable the content.

The Crick’s commitment to open access and the posting of preprints via The Francis Crick Institute

Following the recent revamp of its website, the Francis Crick Institute has reaffirmed its commitment to open access publishing and to the use of preprints. The institute works hard to ensure all primary research outputs are made open access, and encourages the use of the CC BY open access licence that makes an article free to read and able to be reused, provided that the authors are attributed. The Crick has put a particular emphasis on promoting preprints and curates its own preprints channel that highlights preprints from the institute’s authors.

How DEIP aims to improve peer review via DEIP

In this piece, Artyom Ruseckiy, co-founder of Decentralized Research Platform (DEIP), argues that the problems with peer review are easier to identify than its advantages: it doesn’t necessarily ensure that published research is of high quality, it provokes biases, it is slow, and it lacks incentives for reviewers. Ruseckiy discusses how DEIP aims to address these problems by giving researchers an open peer review platform to provide feedback on their colleagues’ work in a simple and transparent way. With DEIP, a researcher can decide to share their income with the reviewers, giving them an added incentive to write a review. The platform also encourages efficient reviews by allocating expertise tokens to contributors who submit their reviews in a certain time window.