Open science round-up: August 2023

Momentum around Open Science continued to build through August 2023; Moumita Koley rounds up the recent news and opportunities. Acknowledging the International Open Access Week’s 2023 theme: "Community over Commercialization”, we bring about the experience of DataCite in providing service to the scientific community.

Open science round-up: August 2023


Advancing a more open and inclusive research infrastructure: In an increasingly global and interconnected research landscape, where the gears of scientific production are in a constant state of motion, keeping track of and contextualizing research can be challenging. 

In the last decade, the Open Science paradigm has emerged to foster more transparent and collaborative research , seeking to accelerate scientific progress for the common good. As stated in the recent UNESCO recommendation on Open Science, a cornerstone of the successful implementation of Open Science lies in investing in open scientific infrastructure and services. 

At the heart of this infrastructure are Persistent Identifiers (PIDs), considered as the “building blocks” of the research landscape. PIDs play a crucial role in identifying and connecting researchers, institutions and their outputs.  

In a robust research ecosystem, knowledge-sharing and collaboration thrive on the seamless and interoperable exchange of information. PIDs, such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for datasets, software, preprints and beyond, play a vital role in ensuring access, discoverability, and reusability of research. DOIs provide a lasting trail, mitigating issues like broken links and ensuring the perpetual findability of scholarly resources. 

Additionally, PIDs enable linking between researchers and contributors, their organizations, and outputs/resources. By facilitating these linkages, PIDs promote a culture of research reproducibility and sharing. As researchers increasingly rely on the work of others, PIDs play a pivotal role in attributing data usage to its creators, ensuring proper recognition. Embracing PIDs also contributes to fostering the implementation of the FAIR principles — emphasizing that research data and other entities within the research lifecycle should be made Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.  

One organization that champions this cause is DataCite, a non-profit founded by the research community itself in 2009. It endeavours to ensure that research outputs and resources are openly available and interconnected, enabling their reuse to advance knowledge across disciplines. By enabling the creation and management of PIDs, integrating services to streamline research workflows, and facilitating the discovery and reuse of research outputs, DataCite stands as a beacon in responding to the call for a more open and collaborative research landscape.

Gabriela Mejias
Community & Program Manager at DataCite

Gabriela Mejias is DataCite’s Community & Program Manager. In her role, she leads the Global Access Program, contributes to DataCite’s outreach efforts and seeks collaboration with the research community. Previously, she worked at ORCID focusing on community engagement, to increase adoption and membership. Gabriela volunteers at the EOSC PID Policy & Implementation Task Force, the Board of Directors of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations and the NISO Diversity Equity Inclusion and Accessibility committee. She’s interested in shaping a more open research infrastructure.

Mohamad Mostafa
Regional Engagement Specialist, Middle East & Asia at DataCite

Mohamad Mostafa joined DataCite in June 2023 as a Regional Engagement Specialist for the Middle East and Asia. He works with the community to build more openness and trust in scholarly infrastructure and supports emerging communities transition towards Open Research and implementing its principles. Mohamad has participated in launching the ORCID Arabic interface to the Arab world and served as a volunteer Crossref Ambassador for the MENA region. Mohamad is based in Dubai (UAE) and he is passionate about Open Science and has been raising awareness among the research community.

Big stories in Open Science

CERN and NASA Collaborate to Pave the Way for an Inclusive and Open Research Era

OpenStax Set to Release Freely Accessible Organic Chemistry Textbook

MIT Press’s D2O Model Expands Open Access

New ‘Hybrid Open Access Dashboard’ Launched to Track Transition to Full Open Access

Astera Announces Funding for Innovations in Scientific Publishing: Calls Community for Ideas

IBM,  NASA Unveil Open-Source AI Model to Aid Climate Research

All-New Journalytics Academic & Predatory Reports Platform for Better Journal Discovery and Risk Evaluation

Scientific Publishers Warn: US Research Accessibility Could Be at Risk

Dimensions and Oxford University Press Announce Major Indexing Partnership

CORE Introduces New Tool to Detect Duplicates and Versions in Repositories

Canada’s Tri-Agency Reviews Open Access Policy

APA and ResearchGate Collaborate to Enhance Reach of Psychology Journals

D//F Announces New Initiative to Understand and Support Open Digital Infrastructure

Open Library Foundation Launches OpenRS Coalition for Resource Sharing

“Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem” Pilot Successfully Publishes Over 150 Scholarly Works

University of California Partners with Frontiers for Open Access Publishing Pilot in Humanities and Social Sciences

Open Science events and opportunities 

Job opportunities

Our top ten Open Science reads

  1. Progress towards open access is slow
  2. Will Building LLMs Become the New Revenue Driver for Academic Publishing?
  3. The Corporate Capture of Open Access Publishing
  4. AI and Publishing: Moving forward requires looking backward
  5. The benefits of Open science are not inevitable: monitoring its development should be value-led
  6. Intervensions in Scholarly Communication: Design lessons from public health
  7. Patents were meant to reward inventions. It’s time to talk about how they might not
  8. Can open access be made more affordable?
  9. A decade of surveys on attitudes to data sharing highlights three factors for achieving open science
  10. Why preprint review is the way forward


The information, opinions and recommendations presented by our guests are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the values and beliefs of the International Science Council.

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