EOSI keeps an eye on changes in the fields of Open Science, FAIR data principles, and others, and directs any interested parties to important updates. This issue, we’d like to highlight:

  • PLOS Biology launches new article types ‘discovery reports’ and ‘update articles’, intended to describe novel findings rapidly upon discovery and add mechanisms, physiological relevance, & other insights to the discovery report, respectively. Multiple update articles will be able to be linked to an initial discovery report. The intention is logically to encourage new findings out ASAP.
  • The creator of the H-index has described some of the problems with it, such as incentivising researchers to work on ‘hot’ topics, and not picking up research which deviates from mainstream research narratives.
  • One study looks at how journals’ communication & transparency of data policies could be made more effective. It concludes with recommendations which it hopes will increase compliance. 

The best way to get more updates is to follow EOSI on Twitter. Additionally, if you’re interested in getting involved in EOSI then please send an email to Ben Thomas at ben.thomas@ed.ac.uk, or message them on Twitter.

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