Many thanks to everyone who attended last month’s successful event (programme) bringing together academia, publishers and funders to discuss challenges and initiatives in research communication and open access. Special thanks go to convenor Dr Philippa Matthews and the speakers: Robert Kiley (Wellcome Trust), Rebecca Lawrence (F1000), Mark Patterson (eLife), John Inglis (bioRxiv), Susanna Assunta Sansone (Oxford e-Research Centre and journal Scientific Data), Geraldine Clement-Stoneham (Medical Research Council), Tom Culley & Laura Harvey (Publons), Louise Page (PLoS), Lucy Oates (Oxford University Press), Maria Levchenko (Europe PMC), plus Oxford’s Academic IT Research Support and Open Access teams.
Recurring themes were the need to counter the perverse incentives in the current system, to incentivise ‘open’ and reward positive behaviours, and to increase the speed and transparency of the publishing process.
Speakers highlighted new developments both in policy and technical infrastructure to support Open Science and aid dissemination of results, embracing new approaches to metrics and assessment, and credit for referees. Or as eLife put it, to change the culture from ‘Publish or Perish’ to ‘Share and Shine’.
The growing interest in preprints was noted in biomedicine and elsewhere, with new repositories such as bioRxiv. Early Career Researchers may have prepublication concerns, but preprint deposit can help to establish priority of discovery and act as anti-scooping protection. Manuscripts posted to preprint servers frequently go on to be published. Preprints can now be cited in Wellcome and MRC grant applications.
Panel discussions touched on predatory journals, and how to distinguish between real and fake when contacted by unfamiliar journals. Researchers are torn between ‘preprint anxiety’ and pressure to publish, leaving them vulnerable. Beall’s ‘blacklist’ of possible predatory journals had shut down the previous week. Alternative ‘whitelist’ sources for checking publisher credentials were suggested.
Below are links to the platforms, tools and services featured during the day. These include sources of help within the University for open access and for data management.
The Twitter hashtag for the event was #OAOPublishing.
Platforms / publishers
Europe PMC https://europepmc.org/About and SciLite Annotations http://blog.europepmc.org/2016/09/scilite-annotations.html.
OUP (Oxford Open) https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/open_access and OUP blog Open in Action https://blog.oup.com/2016/10/open-in-action/.
Scientific Data (NPG journal) http://www.nature.com/sdata/.
Wellcome Open Research https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/.
Biosharing (data information resources) https://biosharing.org/
FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) http://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618.
ISA – standards-compliant data management tools http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/projects/isa.
Online Labour Index (data visualisation project) http://ilabour.oii.ox.ac.uk/.
Concordat on Open Research Data http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/160728/.
ORCID website https://orcid.org/.
ORCID at Oxford http://ox.libguides.com/orcid.
Oxford LibGuide http://ox.libguides.com/publishing/choosing-journals.
Wikipedia list of academic journals by preprint policy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_journals_by_preprint_policy.
Sherpa Romeo (Publisher copyright policies and self-archiving) http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/search.php.
ASAPbio (‘a scientist-driven initiative to promote the productive use of preprints in the life sciences’) http://asapbio.org/.
Support and information at Oxford
Academic IT Research Support team http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/acit-rs-team/.
Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC) https://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/.