Six New Preprint Services Join a Growing Community Across Disciplines

 

“This week, six communities launched preprint services to accelerate dissemination of research. INA-Rxiv, the preprint server of Indonesia; LISSA, an open scholarly platform for library and information science;  MindRxiv, a service for research on mind and contemplative practices; NutriXiv, a preprint service for the nutritional sciences; paleorXiv, a digital archive for Paleontology; and SportRxiv, an open archive for sport and exercise-related research….These new services join AgriXiv (agriculture), BITSS (research methodology), engrXiv (Engineering), LawArXiv (law), PsyArXiv (psychology), SocArXiv (social sciences), Thesis Commons (theses and dissertations), and OSF Preprints (any discipline) in using the free, open-source Open Science Framework (OSF)….The operators of these 14 preprint services illustrate the global growth and diversity of stakeholders invested in accelerating research.  Some of the services are operated by scientific societies (e.g., PsyArXiv), some are operated by research funders (e.g., MindRxiv), some are operated by libraries and library societies (e.g., LawArXiv), and some are operated by grassroots communities of researchers (e.g., SportRxiv, NutriXiv).  All groups are increasing the accessibility and impact of the research done in their community….In addition to hosting preprint services, OSF uses SHARE to aggregate and index over two million search results from preprint providers hosted on other platforms such as arXivbioRXiv, and PeerJ….”

Workshop on Reproducible Research Practices and the Open Science Framework | Data Management Services

“Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science and JHU Data Management Services, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work.

The workshop will be hands-on. (Please bring a laptop if possible.) Using an example study, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish.

Topics covered include:

  • Project documentation
  • Version control
  • Pre-analysis plans
  • Open source tools: in this specific instance, the Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in one easily accessible space”

Open Research Funders Group

“The Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) is a partnership of funding organizations committed to the open sharing of research outputs. This will benefit society by accelerating the pace of discovery, reducing information-sharing gaps, encouraging innovation, and promoting reproducibility. The ORFG will speak in an amplified voice, and engage a range of stakeholders to develop actionable principles and policies that enable sharing and collaboration across the global research enterprise….The Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) has its genesis in an October, 2015, meeting convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).  This forum of open access stakeholders included representatives from more than 50 organizations.  It offered a unique opportunity for participants to share experiences, concerns, strategies, and questions regarding open access and open data….The Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) will confer regularly to develop actionable principles and programs that can be used by research funders to accelerate access to research and underlying data….”

The inaugural membmers are the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, American Heart Association, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundations.

Prominent Funding Organizations Team Up to Launch Open Research Funders Group

“Eight highly-visible organizations today announced the launch of the Open Research Funders Group, a partnership designed to increase access to research outputs. With nearly $5 billion in combined annual grants conferred, these organizations are committed to using their positions to foster more open sharing of research articles and data.  This openness, the members believe, will accelerate the pace of discovery, reduce information-sharing gaps, encourage innovation, and promote reproducibility.

Inaugural members of the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) include the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation….”

It’s Time for “Instant Open Archiving” in the Psychological Sciences | MeaningSeeds

“Currently, when researchers publish new studies in academic journals, most articles are secured behind a paywall and are accessible only to institutions or individuals who pay sizable subscriptions fees. This is problematic because science is funded by the public and has the potential to benefit the public through the increased availability of empirical facts in politics, K-12 education, business, the operation of NGOs, and in the public sphere at large. This problem has led many to advocate for a shift to Open Access publishing models, where all articles are freely accessible to the public upon publication.

Here we propose an interim solution, called ‘Instant Open Archiving’, which can be adopted now by Editorial teams at for-profit journals.”

It’s Time for “Instant Open Archiving” in the Psychological Sciences | MeaningSeeds

“Currently, when researchers publish new studies in academic journals, most articles are secured behind a paywall and are accessible only to institutions or individuals who pay sizable subscriptions fees. This is problematic because science is funded by the public and has the potential to benefit the public through the increased availability of empirical facts in politics, K-12 education, business, the operation of NGOs, and in the public sphere at large. This problem has led many to advocate for a shift to Open Access publishing models, where all articles are freely accessible to the public upon publication.

Here we propose an interim solution, called ‘Instant Open Archiving’, which can be adopted now by Editorial teams at for-profit journals.”