EORI Bulletin

07/12/2020

EORI keeps an eye on changes in the fields of Open Science, FAIR data principles, and others, and directs any interested parties to important updates:

  • The Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) have put their 2020 online conference sessions on youtube, which include panel discussions on transparency and change in attitudes towards Open Science. Some good Xmas watching!
  • This preprint compares the robustness of registered reports & non-registered reports, showing that the registered reports are better! It only uses small Ns (29 & 57 registered & non-registered reports, respectively), but it’s nice to see a suspected trend – hopefully more data comes out in the future to support this.
  • Unsurprisingly, some of the biggest news this week is Nature’s announcementon their Open Access Option to charge up to £8,290 to make a paper open access, and ~£2,000 non-refundable just for peer review. This shameful display has sparked widespread outrage & disappointment. Instead of putting profit before science, it would be encouraging to see Nature following steps E.g. such as those which eLife has recently done, in announcing that they will exclusively review preprints, directly incentivising them.

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