Open science round-up: April 2023

As we move on to yet another month, Moumita Koley summarizes the top stories, opportunities and readings in the world of Open Science. Through our guest editorial, Dr Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, reflects on the importance of Open Science in knowledge creation.

Open science round-up: April 2023

Open Science with an in society: Around eighteen months ago, all member states of UNESCO unanimously approved recommendations on Open Science. These recommendations could transform the meaning of Open Science beyond just providing access to research articles and data to fellow scientists.  

The most far-sighted aspect of Open Science is embedded in ‘open dialogue with other knowledge systems’. Open Science acknowledges that knowledge also resides outside the realm of ‘scientific institutions, professionals & journals’ and calls for collaboration between diverse knowledge systems. However, the challenge lies in bridging the gap between different knowledge systems to address urgent global issues. 

A recent international study on ‘Bridging Knowledge Cultures’ found that professional training of scientists and academic researchers often prevents them from appreciating the existence of other cultures of knowledge outside their field. For example, a representative of a tribal community from Dumka, a small town in India, asserts that knowledge is crucial for their daily life, while for academics, it is their profession. 

The UNESCO Recommendations also highlight the importance of ‘open engagement of societal actors’ and value ‘citizen science’ and ‘participatory research’. The movement of participatory research as a methodology for co-creation of knowledge has been in practice around the world over past five decades. This methodology encourages valuing oral and artistic expressions and experiential knowledge of community; indigenous and community knowledge resides in culture, rituals, ceremonies and expressed through local languages. 

Post-pandemic world, experiencing serious and continuous climate disruptions, is just beginning to acknowledge that ‘co-creation’ of knowledge solutions may indeed be urgently required. Building capacities, mostly attitudes and normative appreciations of young scientists, towards these principles and methodologies requires urgent investment, if such a transformative potential of ‘open science within society’ is to be realized. 

Dr Rajesh Tandon

A globally recognized leader and practitioner of participatory research and development, Dr Rajesh Tandon is the Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a renowned centre for participatory research and training. Additionally, he is the Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012.

Big stories in Open Science

Results of the French Open Science Monitor 2022 are Out Now 

Editors Resign from Leading Imaging Neuroscience Journal of Elsevier Over High Publication Fees, Announce Launch of Non-Profit Open Access Alternative 

Harvard and MIT Launched an Education Nonprofit: Axim Collaborative 

The New Self-Archiving Policy of the University of Cambridge Enables Immediate Open Access 

Explore the Latest Open Science Indicators Dataset  

Peer Review Scandal Prompted a Massive Paper Retraction by Wiley & Hindawi 

Prevalence of “Paper Mills” in China 

RSC and ResearchGate Join Forces to Increase Open Access to Scientific Journals 

Insights from Global Researcher Survey by OSI: Are Open Access Policies Meeting the Needs? 

BioRxiv and MedRxiv Suggest Mandating Preprint in Their Response to the OSTP Memo 

Cambridge University Press Announced Open Access Fees Waiver for Low- and Middle-income Countries 

NWO to Support Open Science Infrastructures and Networks 

ACS Publications Hits a Major Achievement in the ‘Read and Publish’ Model 

Unlocking the Smithsonian’s Treasures: 4.5 Million High-Res Images Now Available in the Public Domain & Free to Use 

Tripartite Event Held in the Netherlands on a National Scale 

Open Science events and opportunities 

Job opportunities 

Our top ten Open Science reads

  1. Science Publishing Innovation: Why Do So Many Good Ideas Fail? 
  2. UNESCO’s toolkit can help accelerate the transition to global open science | UNESCO 
  3. The Politics of Rights Retention 
  4. Preprints and The Futures of Peer Review 
  5. The Internet Archive’s troubles are bad news for book lovers 
  6. Is the Library Responsible for Open Access Compliance? 
  7. We need a Plan D 
  8. Open Science Left in the Dust 
  9. Mapping Open Science resources from around the world by discipline and principles 
  10. Drawing Lines to Cross Them: How Publishers are Moving Beyond Established Norms 


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