Open Access

By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute, Stephan Druskat, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. ConfOA is the Brazil-Portugal Conference about Open Access and the 9th edition was hosted in Lisbon, Portugal between the 2nd and 4th October 2018. Although the conference only has open access in its name, it is the place to talk about the broader concept of open science with many stakeholders.

By Alice Harpole, University of Southampton, Danny Wong, Royal College of Anaesthetists, and Eilis Hannon, University of Exeter, Software Sustainability fellows

By Jon Hill, University of York, and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow.

The Center for Open Science have developed the TOP (Transparency and Openness Promotion) Guidelines to promote the transparency and reproducibility of research.

TOP includes eight modular standards, each with three levels of increasing stringency. Journals can select which of the eight transparency standards they wish to adopt for their journal, and select a level of implementation for the selected standards. These features provide flexibility for adoption depending on disciplinary variation, but simultaneously establish community standards.

These guidelines, including…

By Dr Robyn A Grant, Lecturer in Comparative Physiology and Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I have mixed opinions about open-access publishing. Finding the money to cover open-access publishing is not easy, especially for early career researchers during this transitionary period as open access becomes the norm. Despite the costs, I really believe in open-access publishing. We want our science to be read, surely! Especially in this interdisciplinary era, it is important for non-academic stakeholders (such as patients, consultants, managers, developers, etc.) to have…

By Shoaib Sufi, Community Manager.

On 10 November, we met 26 researchers who had been shortlisted for the Institute’s Fellowships 2015.

By Neil Chue Hong, Director.

One of the foundations of the scientific method is to be able to reproduce experiments and corroborate the results of research that has been done before. However, with the increasing complexities of new technologies and techniques, coupled with the specialisation of experiments, reproducing research findings has become a growing challenge. Clearly, scientific methods must be conveyed succinctly, and with clarity and rigour, in order for research to be reproducible.

With the Open Science Peer Review Oath, a group of researchers, editors and…

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