Issue 83

Open Science Newsletter


Open science, communal culture, and women’s participation in the movement to improve science. A network analysis of 2,926 scientific articles on open science and on reproducibility/replicability. The study claims that there is little overlap in the literature between these movements, and that the open science movement appears more connected within itself. It also shows that gender representation is still dominated by men, although women have a stronger relative representation in open science studies than in studies on reproducibility. Published in PNAS.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation open access policy is changing to align with Plan S principles. The foundation is a member of cOAlition S.

Implementing Open Science policies into library processes – case study of the University of Eastern Finland library. A cross-section of datasets from the university shows that funder requirements and support from within research groups are key motivators to open up research. Published in LIBER Quarterly.

Open science has to go beyond open source. Daniel Huppmann explains how appropriate documentation and general accessibility of source code is crucial to the reusability of more complex code.

The Varying Openness of Digital Open Science Tools. “Our findings indicate that design decisions and restrictions are biased towards researchers in North American and European scholarly communities.” Preprint by Louise Bezuidenhout and Johanna Havemann on Zenodo.


Open access publishing needs to be as inclusive as it wants to be. Three recommendations to support OA in the Global South from Research4Life. These include APC waivers, training of researchers to participate in international publishing, and international cooperation between researchers.

Disadvantages in preparing and publishing scientific papers caused by the dominance of the English language in science: The case of Colombian researchers in biological sciences. This study highlights the obstacles faced by researchers where English is not their first language and cost of translation/editing services is prohibitive. The article is also available in Spanish as Supplementary Information. (COI note: this article is published in PLOS ONE)

Science Journals Are Purging Racist, Sexist Work. Finally. Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky in Wired.


It is Peer Review Week this week. Look out for the many contributions by various organizations.

OpenAIRE Week is from 12 – 16 October, 2020. For anyone who likes to hear more about the organization.


Chris Shillum has been confirmed as ORCID’s Executive Director. Congratulations!