EORI Bulletin

30/09/2020

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 interesting paper identifies a few things about the development of Open Science & Reproducibility – but most notably that the two fields are rather independent of each other, despite the fact that they should overlap. It also notes that females publish more prominently in Open Science compared to reproducibility. An interesting read!
  • The initiative for open abstracts (I4OA) has been launched, to “promote the unrestricted availability of the abstracts of the world’s scholarly publications, particularly journal articles and book chapters.” Hopefully it’ll be as popular as the similar Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) which does as the name suggests and came before it. The public launch event is upcoming on Oct 5th!
  • Sci-hub.tw is down again, likely due to yet more legal action. However, thankfully, sci-hub.se is up instead and working! For those who don’t know it, Sci-hub receives a request to access paywalled published material & cycles through IP addresses of all universities worldwide: if one of those has access to the material then access is granted. For this reason, it’s the subject of non-stop intense legal action, but it’s perfectly legal to use. It bypasses journal paywalls hundreds of thousands of times a day. 

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