Issue 50


As highlighted in issue 48, a number of societies and publishers have written to the White House to oppose rumored plans of an executive order mandating immediate green open access for published research. This week, university libraries, PeerJ, Creative Commons, SPARC, and others have responded with a letter in support of such a mandate. The University of California has released a separate supporting statement.

Datacite Citation Display: Unlocking Data Citations. Datacite now surfaces relations between items, such as data, software or references in a research article.

Plan du CNRS pour la science ouverte. An article on CNRS’ plans to achieve 100% open access publishing and support for open science. Published in La Recherche.

Ten Tips For Doing Open Science. Practical advice to prepare for sharing of results early into the research process. A blog post by Blair Fix.


Taylor & Francis buys F1000 Research from Vitek Tracz for an undisclosed sum. The deal excludes F1000 Prime and F1000 Workspace. As tweeted by F1000 Research, Tracz aims to continue to develop these services. T&F’s Deborah Kahn has blogged about their aims to support F1000 Research.

MDPI have released a breakdown of their Article Processing Charges.

Check for publication integrity before misconduct. A proposal for a checklist that may help to assess trust in published research articles. Published in Nature.


A new virus has been identified as origin of a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. It is a coronavirus, but different to SARS and MERS. There have been calls on authors and journals to ensure that critical information is shared with the WHO. Meanwhile, the virus genome has been released.

How should the academic community react to climate change and aim to limit its carbon emissions? The photonics community is holding a first virtual meetup today (7pm GMT, 11am PST), the Photonics Online Meetup (#POM20). The meeting has a strong program and is entirely virtual, although there are multiple hubs where researchers can participate together. It will be exciting to see if this is a successful model for the community.

The research work of historians has changed profoundly. For individual research projects researchers take thousands of digital photos during archive visits. The analysis only takes place later. There might be some broader change on the horizon also in how this research material is subsequently processed or stored. Interesting slides from a talk by Ian Milligan at the American Historical Association meeting.


A workshop on Open Science: How to Publish Successfully in an Open Research World is taking place on 6 February, 2020, in Bristol, United Kingdom. Organized by UKRN and Wiley.

The 15th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1 – 4 June, 2020.