Issue 26

Open Science Newsletter


Dryad and Zenodo have announced a partnership for joined-up workflows around data as well as code sharing.

As of 2020, the NIH, AHRQ, and CDC will require ORCID iDs for individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards.

Congratulations to rOpenSci for obtaining an $678k award from the Sloan Foundation to improve software peer review.


Further results from eLife’s peer review trial are available. The trial gave authors the ultimate control over publication of a paper once an editor had decided to initiate peer review. There appears to be no decision to continue the scheme, although follow-up initiatives to support early-career researchers or to explore double-blind peer review are planned.

The Institute of Physics, Publons and ScholarOne have announced a partnership on transparent peer review.

The tender for the Open Research Europe preprint and publishing platform has been published.

eLife have announced the first demo of their Libero Publisher platform.

Early access to Endeavour, the “first open-source platform for scholarly publishing that prioritizes configuration over code” is now available. This aims to be a low-cost, low complexity publishing platform that doesn’t compromise on features, according to the developers.


The WHO has declared the current Ebola outbreak as an emergency of international concern, the highest level of alarm available. This follows a case of Ebola in the large Democratic Republic of the Congo city of Goma.


End of May PLOS has announced the launch of published peer review history files for all journals. First examples of the peer review history files are now available.

As covered three weeks ago, at PLOS ONE we have been concerned about reports of organ transplantation studies. As the first retraction cases are approaching publication, I have blogged in more detail about the ongoing review of these studies and our follow-up.


The US National Academies are holding a symposium and workshop on reproducibility and replicability in science on 24–26 September 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The REWARD | EQUATOR Conference will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 20–22 February 2020. The theme is on sharing strategies for research improvement. Abstract submission deadline is 15 September 2019.