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:
- Wikipedia has launched a new project, Wikiexperiments. They want to collect & upload more videos of scientific experiments being conducted. For openness reasons this is a great idea, but there is also the potential for Wiki to extend this and act as a sort of Open repository for training videos etc. in the future. If this does end up happening, it could be a great thing for openness & reproducibility. Let’s keep an eye on it!
- The International Science Council has established their steering group for their next phase of their project addressing Scientific Publishing (here). They will work on enabling efficient dissemination and use of scientific work as part of Open Science, and it’ll be interesting to see what they come out with. Some previous work & recommendations of the group here.
- Yet more work shows that publishing Open Access increases citations and altmetric numbers, this time in electrophysiology. Moreover, journals converting to Open Access increases citations & benefits the journals (here). These, combined with ethical reasons for scientists not to review for commercial journals (explored here), leave little justification for journals to not convert to Open Access publishing, though we may be biased on this conclusion…