Issue 68

Open Science Newsletter


Resource Sharing during COVID-19 (RSCVD) is a project that provides a global interlibrary loan program for not-for-profit libraries. Participating volunteering libraries are here.

SPARC Europe have launched a survey on Scoping the OA & OS Infrastructure (OSI) Landscape in Europe. It aims to assess the digital European open access and open science infrastructures. Closes on 5 June 2020.


eLife has launched its Preprint Review service. The journal will peer review manuscripts on bioRxiv and simultaneously consider them for publication. The reviewer reports will post on bioRx, including for manuscripts subsequently rejected by the journal.

cOAlition S announces price transparency requirements. From July 2022 cOAlition S requires price transparency to access publishing funds from its members.


What will happen to universities now that online teaching may become a widespread reality? A popular article in the New York Magazine’s Intelligencer suggests a wide-spread disruption to higher education, along with a monopolization of the market by a few institutions. As online education may become more prevalent we may indeed see disruptions to higher education. Perhaps teaching-only institutions and undergraduate education may be impacted more than postgraduate education. 

Women’s research plummets during lockdown — but articles from men increase. As the Guardian reports, there is evidence that women in academics are disadvantaged during the lockdown, exposing another worrying facet of gender equity problems in academia.

Women in science are battling both Covid-19 and the patriarchy. “The pandemic has worsened longstanding sexist and racist inequalities in science pushing many of us to say ‘I’m done’, write 35 female scientists.” In THE.

Meet this super-spotter of duplicated images in science papers. Helen Shen’s profile of Elisabeth Bik in Nature. There are tests for the reader that underline Bik’s ability to spot image concerns.

JetBlue’s Founder Helped Fund A Stanford Study That Said The Coronavirus Wasn’t That Deadly. Stephanie M. Lee is reporting in Buzzfeed that a widely-discussed Stanford antibody study on SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in the population may not have disclosed relevant financial ties and allegedly ignored internal warnings about the accuracy of the antibody tests. The paper has been posted to medRxiv but appears to not have been published in a peer-reviewed journal so far. 


The Open Publishing Fest is taking place from May 18 – 29. Organized by Coko, there are a number of sessions throughout the two-week window.

King’s Open Research Conference is taking place online on 11 June, 2020. Register here.


Nominations are open for ORCID Board Elections 2021. Deadline is August 1.

Dame Ottoline Leyser is the new Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation.