Issue 73

Open Science Newsletter


SPARC have released an updated landscape analysis and action plan concerning the future of the digital infrastructure for research and education. The report is part of a new online portal of SPARC’s efforts in this space.

Code for Science & Society have launched its first call for Virtual Event Awards. The awards are for “virtual events focused on improving or connecting research-driven data science tools, practices, and the communities themselves.”

CoVis — a new tool to discover reliable COVID-19 research. Open Knowledge Maps and ReFigure are providing a curated and constantly updated database on reliable COVID-19 research.

The San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA) has published a report of its activities in 2019. A total of 713 new organizations signed DORA in 2019.


Construction on is starting on July 1. This open access journals platform aims to offer a solution for independent Dutch academic journals. 

Publish In Haste, Repent At Leisure. A blog post by Emma Ganley that suggests that all scientific output is approached with care and a critical eye, whether preprint or peer-reviewed article. As it should be. Scientific progress never hinges on a single study alone.

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don’t Really Do Their Job. In this article in Wired, Simine Vazire points to some of the systemic failures of peer review. The limitations of peer review are clear, and favoritism should have no place in publishing. To me it may still be a challenge to achieve open systems of peer review beyond journals that are equitable, and may require replacing the system on a more fundamental level.


The Arctic heatwave: here’s what we know. This week, temperatures reached 38 °C (100 degrees F) in Siberia, inside the Arctic Circle, in a worrying sign of climate change. 

RoRI announces partners and first wave of projects. The Research on Research Institute has announced its first five funded research projects, including topics such as inequalities in research funding, software for open research outputs, career pathways in research, and more. 


ORCID is searching for an Executive Director.