EORI Bulletin

13/05/2022 5-minute update    

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:   

  • Last month, Vergoulis et al. (2022) launched the beta of BIP! Scholar. This is an online service that allows researchers to set up their own academic profile in accordance with Open Science guidelines for fair research assessment. One of the goals of BIP! Scholar is to curb the overreliance on performance indicators such as the h-index, which may be an inaccurate reflection of a researchers’ academic experiences. You can read more about the platform here and sign up for the beta here.  
  • Here’s an interesting article by van der Wal et al. (2022) on the merits and drawbacks of publishing academic talks online. As the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive shift towards online conferences, this has led to increased accessibility and reach for academic talks. However, as van der Wal et al. argue, this comes with certain ethical considerations, including data privacy, and it may also make the speaker open to persistent criticism, which could be challenging for early career researchers. Van der Wal et al. argue that the speaker should decide whether their talk is made available online. Furthermore, talks may need to be edited before they are put online to avoid ethical problems.  
  • On the topic of academic feedback, here is another interesting article by Iborra et al. (2022) on how to give constructive criticism on preprints using the FAST (Focused, Appropriate, Specific and Transparent) principle.  
  • And once again, don’t forget to sign up for Edinburgh University’s first Open Research conference on the 27th of May. It’s free to all students and staff at the University of Edinburgh, and events will be held both online and in person. The conference will feature talks and workshops on how to get started with Open Science, practical considerations in Open Science, what resources are available at the University of Edinburgh, as well as many more.  

The best way to get more updates is to follow EORI on Twitter.   

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