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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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.
In this interview, Heather Ford (Senior Lecturer at UNSW) talks about chances and pitfalls of making African research more visible.
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.
Plinio Casarotto takes a look at the future of publishing.
Peter Kraker on Google Dataset Discovery, the open science movement, and his #DontLeaveItToGoogle campaign.
What exactly is open science? It can be a social justice issue, part of a political capitalist regime or a form of traditional science.
Nick Fowler and Gerard Meijer on the future of Open Access in Germany. Will the negotiations continue?