Join the #PreprintReviewChallenge – ASAPbio

“On September 22 ASAPbio is hosting the #PreprintReviewChallenge as part of Peer Review Week 2020. In a live session hosted online, we will get together to write constructive comments and reviews on preprints, with the aim to develop the largest collection to date of public commentary on preprinted research in a single day. PREReview, preLights, Peer Community In and Pubpeer will be joining us to interact with those interested in posting to those platforms; we will also have Maurine Neiman, editor at Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B and Thomas Lemberger from EMBO, who will provide tips and advice on the review of papers.

The session will include:

Session overview 
Editorial tips on how to write constructive reviews
Review preprints! – Work on preprint reviews and comments, interaction with preprint review platform reps
Group discussion to review tally of comments and reviews, and share feedback….”

Call for Speakers and Poster Presentations | Open Science Conference

“Carefully selected talks given by international experts are an essential part of the conference programme. Speakers are invited by the programme committee. With this call we invite you to apply for a talk at the conference. Talks should address Open Science aspects on a broader level and cover topics including (but not limited to):

Reflections on effects and impact of current crises on open research practices and science communication
Lessons learned from crises and approaches to sustainably ensure the opening of science in future
Resume on Open Science practices and their application and acceptance in scientific communities
Overview on existing research on the scientific benefit of Open Science practices and their impact in society such as coping with crises
Overview on Open Science education and science communication to different target groups in the broad public….”

COAR Forum on COVID-19, Open Science, and Repositories – COAR

“On September 10, 2020, COAR hosted a 2-hour forum highlighting the role of open science and open repositories in the context of COVID-19. The forum showcased several collaborative initiatives from around the world aiming to improve the discovery of, and access to, COVID-19 research outputs.

Participants learned about three projects from different regions, followed by an interactive session in which participants shared information about their activities using the mentimeter platform. 

A recording and presentations are now available! COAR will be providing other opportunities for information sharing in the coming months.

Key Takeaways

1. COVID-19 has led to an increase in awareness of open science

2. Many participants are engaged in COVID-19 related activities, including:

recruiting COVID-19 resources into repositories
improving discovery of COVID-19 related content
supporting text and data mining
advocating for open science
delivering resources for online learning

3. Challenges for participants include:

copyright, embargoes and licenses attached to resources
metadata and data curation

4. COAR can help through activities such as:

community building
defining best practices
supporting information sharing…”

New Approaches to Evaluate Researchers’ Impact

“The second Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum (BSPF) will be held virtually on 26–27 October 2020. Until then, due to the current COVID-19 situation, we would like to offer you some of the conference topics via webinars! In the weeks and months preceding the conference, selected speakers will discuss various aspects on Open-Access publishing. The first webinar in the series was already held on 2 July 2020. It touched upon topics such as Plan S and Price Transparency and consisted of talks from different publishers. The webinar website and the full recording can be found here.

Now, the second webinar within the framework of the Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum will be held on 11 September 2020 at 2:00 pm (CEST). The topic is “New Approaches to Evaluate Researchers’ Impact” and Prof. Dr. Ed Constable from the University of Basel and co-chair of the BSPF 2020 will moderate the webinar. So do not miss out on this webinar and register now! …”

International open access practices: Strategies beyond the APC model

“Increasingly, the governments and private organizations which fund research are mandating that the research outputs they support are made available as open access content. These efforts are impacting both established and growing efforts to share research widely.

This panel discussion will feature four presentations that address how large-scale developments in open access, particularly in regard to those emphasizing the article processing charge (APC) model, are impacting or influencing other programs which enhance access to scholarly content under different models. A Question and Answer session will follow.

The events speakers will discuss the Open Library of Humanities, research database integration of open access content in Iran, an overview of the open access mandates and policies of Latin American countries, and the Research4Life program.”

Northeast Institutional Repository Day | Lamar Soutter Library | University of Massachusetts Medical School

“The Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2020 (NIRD20) Program Committee is pleased to re-issue its Call for Proposals for the second annual Northeast Institutional Repository Day, a free event that brings together all in the Northeast (and beyond!) who manage or are interested in institutional repositories, digital collections, and digital preservation.

The rescheduled NIRD will be a virtual event and feature a keynote from Martha Whitehead, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Martha is a member of the Executive Board of COAR, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories….”

How to Boost the Impact of Scientific Conferences: Cell

“We can maximize the impact of scientific conferences by uploading all conference presentations, posters, and abstracts to highly trafficked public repositories for each content type. Talks can be hosted on sites like YouTube and Youku, posters can be published on Figshare, and papers and abstracts can become open access preprints.”



The Open Future of Neuroscience Research and Innovation – Western University

“Speaker: Dylan Roskams-Edris, Open Science Alliance Officer, Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, The Neuro 

In his role as Open Science Alliance Officer for TOSI and The Neuro, Dylan interfaces with the national and global open science communities to promote the uptake of open science tools and practices in Canadian neuroscience research. His background in Neuroscience, Health Ethics, and law gives him the breadth of expertise neeeded to recognize the critical challenges that face open neuroscience and promote the solutions needed to overcome them. Drawing from both global examples and the experience of The Neuro as the worlds first open science biomedical research institute, this talk he will discuss the importance of open science for the future of both basic neuroscience research and the translation from basic discoveries to healthcare innovations. …”

COAR Forum on COVID-19 and Open Science – COAR

“The forum will showcase several collaborative initiatives from around the world aiming to improve the discovery of and access to COVID-19 research outputs. Participants will learn about the critical need for open science in the time of the pandemic, new workflows and practices that can be adopted in you own local context, and identify possible areas of international collaboration.

OpenVirus is a joint UK-India, open repository-based project to extract multidisciplinary semantic knowledge about viral epidemics (including COVID-19) through analysing tens of thousands or articles we can find clues to predict/prevent/mitigate viral epidemics.

OpenAIRE COVID-19 Gateway is a portal that provides access to publications, research data, projects and software that may be relevant to the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). The OpenAIRE COVID-19 Gateway aggregates COVID-19 related records, links them and provides a single access point for discovery and navigation.

Canadian COVID-19 Open Repository Initiative is a collaborative project led by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries to identify and make as many Canadian research outputs related to COVID-19 available through major discovery systems including the OpenAIRE COVID-10 Gateway….”