Issue 91

Types of content provided by the European Open Science Infrastructure.


How open science can advance African psychology: Lessons from the inside. A recommended read of how African researchers can engage with open science, and how North American and European researchers can support them.

CRediT secures philanthropic funding. The project is receiving funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Wellcome. It is fantastic to see CRediT advance and working on a broader adoption. A nuanced contributor taxonomy for authors is so important.

The future of arXiv and knowledge discovery in open science. This conference paper by Steinn Sigurdsson, Scientific Director at arXiv, provides a brief overview where arXiv stands, including some projects at arXiv Labs.

SPARC report: Scoping the Open Science Infrastructure Landscape in Europe. An overview of the state of open science infrastructure activities in Europe. This includes a survey of the type of data stored (see figure below).

Ouvrir la science! 22 projects selected by French National Fund for Open Science. A pdf with the list is here.


The typical member of Crossref has changed considerably over the past decade. This is at least seems the message from a brief tweet coming from Crossref. It shows how increasingly smaller members contribute to Crossref in addition to the major publishers, and they are using platforms such as OJS to operate their journals. This looks like an interesting trend towards more diversity.   

Partner with PeerJ to build a new ecosystem for society publishing. PeerJ is launching PeerJx, which allows smaller societies or institutions to launch their own publication models. Along the lines of the item above, this move appears to open up the PeerJ publishing platform for smaller operators to use.


Computer Scientists Achieve ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography. Existing cryptography relies on algorithms where we know how they operate, for example by multiplying two very large prime numbers that are kept secret. That knowledge also makes it easier to break the mechanism, because we know how the encryption is done. This can be done even by brute force, for example using quantum computing to determine these secret prime numbers. This new approach development it possible to obfuscate the exact mechanism used for the encryption process, thereby providing fewer attack vectors for decryption.


SSP is inviting proposals for its 43rd Annual Meeting. The meeting will be in May 2021. 


Jennifer Gibson, Head of Open Research Communication for eLife, is the new chair of OASPA. Congratulations!

Types of content provided by the European Open Science Infrastructure.

Types of content provided by the European Open Science Infrastructure.
Credit (CC-BY): Ficarra, Victoria, Fosci, Mattia, Chiarelli, Andrea, Kramer, Bianca, & Proudman, Vanessa. (2020, October 30). Scoping the Open Science Infrastructure Landscape in Europe. Zenodo.