Addgene’s AAV Data Hub | Open Neuroscience

“AAV are versatile tools used by neuroscientists for expression and manipulation of neurons. Many scientists have benefited from the high-quality, ready-to-use AAV prep service from Addgene, a nonprofit plasmid repository. However, it can be challenging to determine which AAV tool and techniques are best to use for an experiment. Scientists also may have questions about how much virus to inject or which serotype or promoter should be used to target the desired neuron or brain region. To help scientists answer these questions, Addgene launched an open platform called the AAV Data Hub (https://datahub.addgene.org/aav/) which allows researchers to easily share practical experimental details with the scientific community (AAV used, in vivo model used, injection site, injection volumes, etc.). The goal of this platform is to help scientists find the best AAV tool for their experiments by reviewing combined data from a broad range of research labs. The AAV Data Hub launched in late 2019 and over 100 experiments have since been contributed to this project. The dataset includes details and images from experiments conducted in six different species and several different expression sites….”

Making (neuro)science accessible world-wide: Online seminars for the globe | Labs | eLife

“Initially aimed at the community of theorists, World Wide Neuro (Fig. 2) quickly grew to become a wider-scope repository for openly accessible and free-to-join online seminar announcements. The seminars we announce are organised autonomously by hosts from institutions all across the world, and cover a wide range of topics in neuroscience. In the early days after launching the site, we saw the creation of new seminar series: in Neurodevelopment, Vision research, and Invertebrate Neuroecology. These were created by group leaders and postdoctoral researchers who saw the opportunity to bring together a group of speakers for whom they would normally not have had the financial resources. Since then, other series have joined, e.g. NERV: a student-driven initiative from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. More established seminar series have also started to post. Some of the existing series retain access “by registration only”, but this is something that we try to discourage as it creates unnecessary access barriers. After initial issues with Zoom bombing were fixed, we feel this restriction is no longer necessary….”

Letter to Elsevier re Neuron.pdf – Google Drive

“Elsevier’s flagship journal in neuroscience, Neuron, has played a vital role in contemporary neuroscience. As members of its Board, we have done our best to help it succeed, and we have collectively contributed over 1,550 papers to the journal. The times, however, have changed. Many neuroscientists in California and in Germany no longer access Neuron because their institutions will not renew their Elsevier subscription. Many neuroscientists across Europe will no longer submit to Neuron because of Plan S. A few days ago, Springer Nature agreed to comply with Plan S, setting Neuron’s key competitor Nature Neuroscience on the path to Open Access. We want Neuron to continue to thrive in the next decades. For this to happen, it must go full Open Access. If not immediately, we urge that it does so at least gradually, but with a clear timetable agreed with Plan S, and one that does not lag behind Nature Neuroscience. Otherwise, Neuron will wither. We hope you will be able to lead Elsevier to make the right decision, and make Neuron and its sister journals Open Access, just like Springer Nature has agreed to do. The writing is on the wall for journals with a paywall, and many of us can no longer serve in good faith on the Board of such journals.”

Journal research data sharing policies: a study of highly-cited journals in neuroscience, physics, and operations research | SpringerLink

“The practices for if and how scholarly journals instruct research data for published research to be shared is an area where a lot of changes have been happening as science policy moves towards facilitating open science, and subject-specific repositories and practices are established. This study provides an analysis of the research data sharing policies of highly-cited journals in the fields of neuroscience, physics, and operations research as of May 2019. For these 120 journals, 40 journals per subject category, a unified policy coding framework was developed to capture the most central elements of each policy, i.e. what, when, and where research data is instructed to be shared. The results affirm that considerable differences between research fields remain when it comes to policy existence, strength, and specificity. The findings revealed that one of the most important factors influencing the dimensions of what, where and when of research data policies was whether the journal’s scope included specific data types related to life sciences which have established methods of sharing through community-endorsed public repositories. The findings surface the future research potential of approaching policy analysis on the publisher-level as well as on the journal-level. The collected data and coding framework is provided as open data to facilitate future research and journal policy monitoring.

 

Journal research data sharing policies: a study of highly-cited journals in neuroscience, physics, and operations research | SpringerLink

“The practices for if and how scholarly journals instruct research data for published research to be shared is an area where a lot of changes have been happening as science policy moves towards facilitating open science, and subject-specific repositories and practices are established. This study provides an analysis of the research data sharing policies of highly-cited journals in the fields of neuroscience, physics, and operations research as of May 2019. For these 120 journals, 40 journals per subject category, a unified policy coding framework was developed to capture the most central elements of each policy, i.e. what, when, and where research data is instructed to be shared. The results affirm that considerable differences between research fields remain when it comes to policy existence, strength, and specificity. The findings revealed that one of the most important factors influencing the dimensions of what, where and when of research data policies was whether the journal’s scope included specific data types related to life sciences which have established methods of sharing through community-endorsed public repositories. The findings surface the future research potential of approaching policy analysis on the publisher-level as well as on the journal-level. The collected data and coding framework is provided as open data to facilitate future research and journal policy monitoring.

 

Gairdner Foundation recognizes Dr. Guy Rouleau with prestigious award | The Neuro – McGill University

“The Neuro’s director has been a driving force in neurological disease research and Open Science leadership….

Since joining The Neuro in 2013, Dr. Rouleau has spearheaded its Open Science initiative, which is breaking down barriers to medical discovery by encouraging the sharing of data and reagents across institutions. In order to understand the brain and discover new treatments and cures for patients, Dr. Rouleau believes scientists must take advantage of all the information and reagents being generated by the many different groups around the world….”

Gairdner Foundation recognizes Dr. Guy Rouleau with prestigious award | The Neuro – McGill University

“The Neuro’s director has been a driving force in neurological disease research and Open Science leadership….

Since joining The Neuro in 2013, Dr. Rouleau has spearheaded its Open Science initiative, which is breaking down barriers to medical discovery by encouraging the sharing of data and reagents across institutions. In order to understand the brain and discover new treatments and cures for patients, Dr. Rouleau believes scientists must take advantage of all the information and reagents being generated by the many different groups around the world….”

Open access resource for cellular-resolution analyses of corticocortical connectivity in the marmoset monkey

“These challenges define the theoretical, analytical, and computational requirements for a resource aimed at facilitating research on the connectional architecture of the cortex. Primarily, such a resource should provide access to data in the form of directional connections within a common stereotaxic space, using a consistent nomenclature to describe the results both spatially and semantically (thus enabling analyses based purely on spatial distribution of connected cells, as well as those according to areas). The underlying data should be provided in full, and the resource should offer support for large-scale models and simulations by enabling access to data in a programmatic and a machine-mineable way27,28. The Marmoset Brain Connectivity Atlas (http://marmosetbrain.org) addresses these goals….”

Open Science, to accelerate discovery and deliver cures | The Neuro – McGill University

“The Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) establishes us as a leader and living lab for Open Science, with the goals of:

Establishing best practices and developing tools and infrastructure to support sharing

Expanding and measuring our impact

Encouraging the global scientific community to embrace this new way of doing science….”

Open Science at the Montreal Neurological Institute… | Documents | Gates Open Research

“The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, aka The Neuro, recently adopted an Open Science Policy, supported, since its inception in December 2016, by the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI). The aim of the policy is to accelerate the generation of knowledge and novel effective treatments for brain disorders by freeing science from barriers to sharing and use of that knowledge (Owens, Science, 20161 ; Owens, Nature, 20162 ; Poupon et al, Neuron, 20173 ). Over the past two years, many local, national and international research institutes and universities as well as units within institutions have come to the Neuro for advice on how to implement Open Science (OS), with a special emphasis on the internal buy-in process. The transformation of The Neuro into an Open Science Institute was not a haphazard decision, but was, rather, the result of a relatively long process of thoughtful strategic planning and careful definition of our open science framework. The topic of the present article, an 18 months buy-in process, was core to this transformation….”