Issue 80

Open Science Newsletter


DataCite have launched DataCite Commons. The aim is to provide a map the relationship between the various research outputs with doi identifiers. Once the indexing of all doi is complete, this will enable aggregate statistics such as citation data, research by funders, or research by license type.

Open Science Saves Lives: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. This preprint calls for a strong commitment towards open science principles, whilst at the same time calling for reasonable communication of research. At the end of the paper is the link to a form that allows co-signing the statement.

France’s proposal to the UNESCO consultation on open science. The proposal is strongly supporting open science initiatives, with an emphasis on supporting plurality in the market.

Challenge to scientists: does your ten-year-old code still run? An update from the Ten Years Reproducibility Challenge that was launched last year. News report in Nature by Jeffrey M. Perkel that features Visual Basic, floppy disks, Python 2, old hardware and more.


eLife are launching Executable Research Articles. They are set up as complements to already published research articles.

Cell Press Sneak Peek 2.0. Cell Press authors can now opt in to post their submitted papers on SSRN, indicating its out-for-review status at Cell Press. This has been on offer since 2018 via Mendeley groups, but has now moved to SSRN. 


Review Commons webinar on the journal-independent peer review project. 8 September, 2020, 12:00 PM US Eastern Time.

ASAPbio’s #PreprintReviewChallenge. Part of peer review week, on 22 September, 2020. The aim is to collect a large number of quality reviewer comments for the selected papers. 


Africa declared free of wild polio after decades of work. This has been a monumental and successful global effort. Only two countries remain with wild polio occurrence – Afghanistan and Pakistan.

CLOCKSS seeks an Executive Director. Application deadline is 25 September 2020.