Issue 29

Open Science Newsletter


AmeliCA before Plan S. This blog post by Eduardo Aguado-López and Arianna Becerril-Garcia discusses open access in Latin America, the AmeliCA publishing infrastructure, and how the implementation of Plan S could have a negative impact on the region. In particular, they raise valid concerns around focussing too much on article processing charges (APC) as an open access model versus institutional funding of open access publishing, which is more common in the region.

Ten simple rules for writing and sharing computational analyses in Jupyter Notebooks. Published in PLOS Computational Biology.

In German: an open-access book on various legal issues in open science: Rechtsfragen bei Open Science. By Till Kreutzer and Henning Lahmann. Hamburg University Press, 2019.


On Scholarly Print Design in the Post Internet Age. An overview of the history and future of presenting academic research, from the 12th century book Surath Ha-Ares (The Form of the Earth) to considerations for dynamic print design beyond the pdf format. Paper by Erik Wysocan, Sébastien Ballesteros, and Tiffany Bogich from


The well-documented Stanford Prison Experiment has seen renewed criticism in a paper by Thibault Le Texier published in American Psychologist (preprint at PsyArXiv). The paper questions some of the premises under which the experiment was conducted.

A comprehensive review of 3,000 randomized clinical trials in leading clinical journals has identified 396 instances of medical reversals. These are medical practices that are no better than a prior or a lesser standard of care, but can be difficult to identify in individual clinical trials. Published in eLife.


The next San Francisco Open Drinks event is scheduled for 28 August, 2019. See you there.

The EPFL Open Science Day will take place on 18 October 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland. An exciting program!