Topic description: Open science is on everyone’s lips. Policy makers, funders, researchers, and even publishers advocate for open access to scholarly work. It stands out that, despite the fact that almost everyone in the academic sphere demands for science to be open, the understanding of what constitutes openness varies and is partly contradictory. We took a closer look at the buzzword open science, reflected on the term, presented current developments, and common pitfalls.
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In this piece, Mafalda Sandrini and Kata Katz shed light on the current state of science communication in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, phrase questions on its future and derive fields of action
The rise of Open Access publications during the Covid-19 pandemic – a living article and dashboard
Sharing research data openly is becoming more common, but only slowly. Here, I will discuss whether the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate the adoption of open data as a common academic practice.
As serious as the COVID-19 pandemic is, it could be an opportunity for science, says our editor Benedikt Fecher.
Dealing with code, robots and specific domain knowledge is a huge challenge. How can we improve the technical infrastructure?
A number of social, technical and political-economic problems call to rethink the current practice of funding and governing research infrastructures.
Evgeny Bobrov on strategies and approaches to increase the value of biomedical research.
Martin Etzrodt’s take on the need of distributed organisations in collaborative research.
Maike Weisspflug about the progress of Open Science at the Natural History Museum of Berlin.
Benjamin Missbach about the implementation of Open Innovation Practices at the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft.
Janet Hering’s take on reconnecting academic research with societal needs.
An interview with Jeffrey Beall on South Asia and its reputation, a crosspost from Open Interview
Marcel Knöchelmann takes a look on the DEAL-Wiley Agreement, details of the contract reveal that this new big deal may come at a high cost.
In this article we argue that a debate is urgently needed to redefine what constitutes scientific impact in light of open scholarship.
Mikael Laakso explains the necessity of building up a public infrastructure for open access, it’s benefits and the obstacles on the way.