Issue 41


Open Science Practices are on the Rise: The State of Social Science Survey. The large survey finds a steep increase in the adaption of open science practices in the research areas studied. Preprint posted on MetaArXiv; see also the figure below.

Why institutional review boards should have a role in the open science movement. “In addition to ensuring compliance with Common Rule regulations, IRBs can assist open science proponents in navigating other federal regulations for protecting human subjects in specific contexts,” write Sean Grant and Kathryn E. Bouskill in PNAS.

Preregistration is redundant, at best. A commentary posted on PsyArXiv suggests that preregistration will not by itself improve weak theories in psychology research or help to develop better theories.

DARIAH and OPERAS join forces to make Open Science a reality in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The two organisations will form a joint legal entity.


India is not joining Plan S after all. Richard Poynder has an interview on the topic with K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India.

Do online versions of open access books hamper print sales? A study by Ronald Snijder shows some nuances in the data, especially for backlist items, but finds that there is no significant impact on frontlist sales.

Can open access bridge the gaps between science and societal impact? An interview on the benefits of open access on African researchers with Fredros Okumu, Director of Science at Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania and an Associate Professor at University of Witwatersrand.


Moving from prison to a PhD. Writing in Nature, Virginia Gewin has interviewed three researchers that pursued academic careers after stays in prison.


SIPS 2020 is taking place from June 21 – 23, 2020, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Registration is open, but places are limited.


Nautilus has been acquired by a group of investors. As part of the restructure, Daily Dot’s Nicholas White will become CEO, and Kevin Berger is the new Editor-in-Chief.

Sudip Parikh has been named CEO of AAAS.

The fraction of researchers that have adapted open science practices by year. Data based on 637 published researchers that completed their PhD by 2009. Shaded areas are estimates for the entire dataset, including non-respondents (see paper for details).
Credit (CC-BY): Christensen, G., Wang, Z., Paluck, E. L., Swanson, N., Birke, D. J., Miguel, E., & Littman, R. (2019, October 18). Open Science Practices are on the Rise: The State of Social Science (3S) Survey.