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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The Wikipedia community has become a source of information for a broad and global public. Paul and Max argue that contributing to the encyclopedia as a scholar can be a powerful way of achieving a strong societal impact of their own expertise. Furthermore they provide a guide on how to write your first contributions.
Jörg Peters on the lack of replicability of many publications in economics, the role of p-hacking and publication pressure, and reasons for cautious optimism in considering these issues
Lennart Stoy on the growing problems for the efforts for a science with a rational of open data in the context of upcoming european legislation
Mafalda Sandrini and Kata Katz on the need for a culture of failure in academia and its productive potential for the scientific community.
Our editor, Benedikt Fecher on research in post-COVID-19 times and the prospective falsificationist rationale
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.