Issue 53

Image of the Sun's surface


Conflict between Open Access and Open Science: APCs are a key part of the problem, preprints are a key part of the solution. Blog post by David Mellor, Brian Nosek, Nicole Pfeiffer, covering a fairly broad field from the issues with the APC model to preprints potentially helping to create a fair market place.

Springer Nature and OpenAIRE collaborate to further Open Science. The agreement will provide OpenAIRE with access to full-text content of the publisher for text and data mining.


Journal transparency index will be ‘alternative’ to impact scores. The Center for Open Science will assess journals’ measures around the transparency of research reporting. This will be a journal-based metric derived from journal policies.

Frontiers has signed a deal with the Norwegian Unit consortium to cover open access charges. The deal allows researchers from participating institutions to publish at a discounted rate.


Open science and publishing-related updates on the coronavirus 2019-nCoV:

What to do when you don’t trust your data anymore. A personal and detailed report by Kate Laskowski of when she discovered inconsistencies in published data, resulting in her requesting retractions from the affected journals. 

The Renewed Debate About Blinding in Clinical Trials. Blog post by Hilda Bastian.


Registered reports are now available as an option for all authors at PLOS ONE.


The Role of Generalist Repositories to Enhance Data Discoverability and Reuse. A NIH workshop on February 11 – 12, 2020, at the NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD.

Africa Open Science and Hardware Summit. From 14 – 16 May, 2020, in Yaounde, Cameroon. The theme is “Growing the Do-It-Yourself & Do-It-Together (DIY/DIT) Culture for Community Transformation.”


Creative Commons Launches the Global Search for Its Next Chief Executive Officer.

Image of the Sun's surface

This image from the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope is the highest-resolution image of the Sun’s taken so far. Each of these convection cells on the Sun’s surface is roughly the size of Texas. This and other recent telescopes on top of the Haleakalā volcano on Maui, Hawaii, have been criticized by Native Hawaiians during the construction phase.