Issue 17

Open Science Newsletter


The UK Telegraph has a news feature on open source pharma — open science principles towards the discovery of new drugs, whether for neglected diseases or to find new antibacterial drugs. has launched. The site aims to track whether a scientific study subsequently is confirmed or contradicted.

In an editorial, Nature Biotechnology describes positive experiences using Code Ocean for code sharing.

Crossref is inviting expressions of interest to serve on their board.


Springer Nature have proposed a pathway to a fully open access publishing scenario. In a blog post by Chief Publishing Officer Steven Inchcoombe the publisher proposes an apparently more long-term pathway (compared to Plan S) of converting subscription journals to fully open access journals, through mechanisms like “read and publish” deals that allow subscribers to publish research open access in journals as well.  

Exploring open access ebook usage. How are open access ebooks used, what is their impact and advantage, and who are their users? A white paper by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) that explores a pathway towards measuring the usage of open access monographs. Posted in the Humanities Commons


Up to 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction, according to a report by the UN. Some key reasons are the impact of human activity on habitats, expansion of land use, and the impact of waste and toxins released.


#DontLeaveItToGoogle: How Open Infrastructure Enable Continuous Innovation in the Research Workflow. Talk by Peter Kraker from Open Knowledge Maps on May 21, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. are hosting a design-jam, a mini hackathon around solving problems of presenting and advancing science. On May 28, 2019, 6-8.30 pm in Berkeley, CA.