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Open science


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.

This is an archived collection. Every few months we decide upon a new “Elephant in the lab” – an issue that is important for the scientific system. We welcome contributions on the current topic. It is also possible to publish on older topics. 

A groundbreaking DEAL?

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.

Open Science in Africa

Justin Ahinon and Jo Havemann (both founders of AfricArXiv) talk in this article about the development of Open Science Services in Africa, initiatives, the current situation and chances in the future.