Workshop: Open science and the dissemination of scholarly knowledge

Normalising Pre-prints: The MENA Dialogue

28 February, online


Register now for this FREE 3-hour workshop hosted by the Forum for Open Research in MENA (F.O.R.M.) in collaboration with the International Science Council (ISC).

**Limited Seats Available**

This workshop introduces participants to Open Science practices with a special focus on pre-prints in the MENA region, looking at what they offer to researchers and to the scientific community as a whole.

Pre-prints are complete written descriptions of research outputs that authors are willing to make public. They include submissions under review and those that have been rejected or not submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. While the concept of pre-prints was initially contentious, the need for rapid evaluation and dissemination of vitally important research during the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the pace of the Open Access movement and encouraged the growth of pre-print publications for rapid and open sharing of new findings and receiving feedback.

What will you learn?

  • The interactive workshop will familiarise participants to a practical approach to using pre-prints and the benefits they offer to different stakeholder groups.
  • Participants will also gain an understanding of the global Open Science landscape and the work of the International Science Council on Scholarly Publishing.
  • They will explore the benefits of pre-prints and identify the barriers to normalising pre-prints in the Arab world.

Who is it for?

The event is designed for researchers, policymakers, librarians, academicians, university representatives, Open Science advocates, and all stakeholders of the scholarly publishing system in the Arab world.


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