Opening Influenza Research

“Reproducible evidence is a signature strength of science, yet replications and negative results rarely appear in journals because cultural incentives emphasize novelty over verification (Nosek, Spies, & Motyl, 2012). These behaviors must be addressed and amended in all areas of research, and especially as they relate to findings that can dramatically improve public health and education.


The Public Library of Science (PLOS), the Center for Open Science (COS), and Flu Lab are collaborating to bypass these detrimental incentives and to encourage the availability of all findings that contribute to the influenza body of knowledge. 

Through the Opening Influenza Research project, we invite the influenza research community to “empty the file drawers” and contribute to a thorough aggregation of open and accessible findings….”

Call for Poster Presentations and Speakers | International Open Science Conference

“We invite you to submit project presentations and other contributions covering topics including (but not limited to):

Recent innovations to support open science practices and their application and acceptance in scientific communities
Empirical studies and use cases about the scientific benefit of open science practices and their impact in society
Best practices dealing with open science education and science communication to the broad public…”

Open Access Conference 2019 | Conferences | San Jose State University

The widening gap between research output in the Global North and South is arguably an extension of historical structural power when colonial capitals were centers of knowledge production and poorer colonized countries were providers of data. In recent times, the escalating costs of subscription-based scholarly communication and copyright barriers have deepened the crisis because scholars in the Global South often can’t afford access to expensive journals that publish the most cutting edge research by the best scholars in the Global North. Moreover, APCs or article processing charges required for Open Access publishing pose a monetary challenge owing to currency conversion rates. So, scholars in the Global South are limited and sometimes excluded from research and scholarly communications.

For whom is the research made accessible? How is the research made accessible? What should scholars do? Why should they do it? How will scholars find Open Access research? How can librarians work with scholars both in the Global South and North? 

In our upcoming conference, we invite proposals for panel presentations, workshops, lightning talks, and roundtable discussions. …”

Call for papers: Open Science, visibility and dissemination of academic output

Open science is an approach to scientific research based on collaboration, on openness and transparency at each stage of the research process (including, data collection, peer review, dissemination, evaluation, etc.) and on the enhancement of its accessibility to society. Open science represents a radical transformation of the way in which scientific research is conducted and of its system of evaluation, in short, open science constitutes a genuine paradigmatic shift with respect to the prevailing system (Anglada & Abadal, 2018).

At the beginning of the 2000s, initiatives were first undertaken taken in relation to such practices as open access, open educational resources (OER), open data (both administrative – open government data – and research – scientific data), open peer review, citizen science and new metrics, in addition to other practices that showed a specific awareness of openness in such areas as publication, data collection and the review process. However, each of these elements has tended to follow its own path of implementation and evolution, largely in isolation of the other elements. For this reason, the concept of open science seeks to take this general movement one step further and to broaden the perspective on how research works by integrating all these elements in a global and strategic vision of how we can face the challenges posed by science.

The European Commission has, unquestionably, taken the lead in promoting this new model and in placing it firmly on the global agenda with the publication, in the first place of, the concept paper “Digital Science in Horizon 2020” (2013), followed most notably by its recommendations on access to and preservation of scientific information (European Commission, 2018) and the creation of its open science portal (European Commission, 2019) which brings together in one site news, events and documents related to open science.

Academics and practitioners, therefore, are encouraged to send original research papers for publication in the next issue of ….”

Call for papers – Challenges in the Scholarly Publishing Cycle 2019 | Research Information

Organised by Research Information magazine in partnership with London Info International, our 2019 conference will provide librarians and information professionals with an invaluable insight into best practice for delivering the open research agenda.

With funders placing an increasing emphasis on open research, librarians are faced with the challenge of changing entrenched practices among researchers – particularly around the submission stage. 

At CISPC 2019, which will be held on Wednesday 20 November – once again at the glorious London Art House – we will be bringing together speakers from around the world that have addressed this challenge head-on, and who will share their experiences and expertise with fellow scholarly communication professionals. The website for the event will be live imminently.

Conference themes:

  • Convincing academics to share research;
  • Tackling the administrative overhead of open research submissions;
  • How technology tools can help smooth submission and searchability; and
  • Publishing ‘work in progress’ vs the wait for completed research articles….”

Essential Open Source Software for Science – Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative – Medium

We followed two guiding principles in creating this opportunity:

  • First, we didn’t want to limit funding to pure software development. Open source is more than just writing code. It includes improving documentation, addressing usability, managing the project, and building community. We want to provide opportunities in whatever form will help make the computational foundations of biological research more usable and robust….
  • Second, we wanted to be inclusive in defining the scope of what counts as essential software for biomedical research. The proposed work does not need to be tied to novel research. Additionally, both domain-specific software and foundational tools and infrastructure used across several domains of science will be eligible to apply, so long as they have some impact in biomedical science. Such foundational tools can range from data structures to numerical computation libraries to toolkits for workflow execution and reproducibility. These tools play a critical role, often acting as dependencies for more domain-specific tools….”

Coming Soon: Essential Open Source Software for Science – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will soon invite applications for open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research. Applicants can request funding between $50k and $250k for one year. This RFA is the first of a series. CZI will invite applications during three distinct cycles, with rounds beginning June 18, 2019; mid-December 2019; and mid-June 2020. Read our Medium post to learn more….”

Open Innovation in OpenAIRE | Activities

“The background: OpenAIRE is a platform funded and supported by European Commission with the mission to shift scholarly communication towards openness and transparency and facilitate innovative ways to communicate and monitor research. The long term vision of OpenAIRE is to transform society through validated scientific knowledge allowing citizens, educators, funders, civil servants and industry to find ways to make science useful and comprehensive.

Open Innovation: OpenAIRE launches within the framework of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, its Open Innovation programme to discover, support and fund innovative ideas and implementations of software in the Open Science domain. This is achieved by the mingle of external and internal ideas that will lead to the co-creation of fresh business ideas and the formation of an innovation ecosystem with would-be-entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs, closely related to OpenAIRE. The Open Innovation programme will select innovative projects in the field of Open Science to develop products and services linked to scholarly works, repositories, data management, OpenAIRE infrastructure and OpenAIRE services. Furthermore, ideas that make use of current assets available within OpenAIRE and create new services for the Open Science ecosystem (and EOSC) are welcome!

The challenges: Through this open call, OpenAIRE calls young innovators and SMEs to work on one of the following three challenges, so as to improve or to build on the current infrastructure, by picking up the one that fits best with your experience, skills, and motivation….”

Proposals now invited for FORCE2019 | FORCE11

The program committee for the FORCE2019 meeting in Edinburgh (October 15 – 17) now invites proposals for talks, posters, panels, and workshops to be submitted. The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2019.

The FORCE11 annual conference is a different kind of meeting, where stakeholders come together for an open discussion, on an even playing field, to talk about changing the ways scholarly and scientific information is communicated, shared and used. Researchers, publishers, librarians, computer scientists, informaticians, funders, educators, citizens, and others attend the FORCE11 meeting with a view to supporting the realisation of promising new ideas and identifying new potential collaborators….”