Open science round-up: October 2022

Jenice Goveas rounds up the latest open science news from the month of October, which is notable for the annual Open Access week.

Open science round-up: October 2022

The past month has been one of the most celebrated times in the Open Access world with scholarly communication events organized globally as part of the international Open Access week celebrated during the last week of October.

Dr Monica Granados, Open Climate Campaign manager at Creative Commons throws light on this year’s theme and how Open Access can help tackle global challenges like climate change:

Open Access Week, held from October 24-30 this year, is a worldwide series of events to inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. This year’s theme is “Open for Climate Justice” which highlights the need for connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Climate change has – and will continue to have – widespread impacts on every aspect of life, and will disproportionately affect already marginalized groups and communities. Knowledge about climate change is imperative to generating mitigations and solutions to climate change. However, work by Bianca Kramer and Cameron Neylon found that of the papers cited in the 2021 and 2022 International Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report, only about 67% of this key and foundational research was freely available to read.

Monica Granados

“If we are going to solve a problem like climate change, the knowledge about it must be openly licensed and freely available. Events during Open Access Week addressed this issue with topics ranging from rights retention to the role citizen science plays in increasing the accessibility to climate knowledge. Opening up climate change knowledge will require a continuous effort. The Open Climate Campaign advances the work of this year’s Open Access theme with a four-year project to make open sharing of research outputs the norm in climate science. The eleven goals of the campaign centre around highlighting the importance of making climate change knowledge open, creating open access policies to support changes in practices, working to open published, foundational research in climate science and ensuring the campaign is international and inclusive. The Open Climate Campaign website offers action kits and more information on how to get involved. Click here to sign up for the campaign newsletter.

Dr Monica Granados has a PhD in ecology from McGill University. While working on her PhD, Monica discovered incentives in academia which promote practices that make knowledge less accessible. Since then, Monica has devoted her career to working in the open science space in pursuit of making knowledge more equitable and accessible. Monica is presently working at Creative Commons on the Open Climate Campaign promoting open access of climate and biodiversity research.

Big stories in Open Science:

Royal Society of Chemistry’s commitment to 100% Open Access:

Open Access Week celebrated globally:

Project MUSE has a new offer:

Openness in the arena of Cybersecurity:

Cambridge Core announces Flip it Open program:

EcoEvoRxiv re-launch their preprint service:

Forum for Open Research in MENA :

eLife introduces New Model of Peer Review:

National Open Science Action Plan for Ghana:

Libraries call for European laws to enable open access:

New policy for open science at Stockholm University:

Open Science Events and Opportunities:

Our top ten open science reads from October:

  1. Five lessons from four centuries of journal publishing – What the history of the Philosophical Transactions tells us about academic publishing
  2. The six best preprint servers for AI research publication
  3. Lessons Learned from Reevaluating Big Deals with Unsub
  4. Destroying eLife’s reputation for selectivity does not serve science
  5. Avert Bangladesh’s looming water crisis through open science and better data
  6. Reviewing the Rights Retention Strategy – A pathway to wider Open Access
  7. The feds’ new open-access policy: Who’s gonna pay for it?
  8. FAIR Case Studies: Good Practice on FAIR Data and Software
  9. The Changing Landscape of Open Access Compliance
  10. Why I think ending article-processing charges will save open access

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