News RoundUp: EU launches new tender for Open Research Europe

What caught our eye? Here’s a small dose of the latest and greatest in Open Science over the past month. 

Open Research Europe — The European Commission Open Research Publishing Platform

The tender for the Open Research Europe preprint and publishing platform has been published. The present call for tender concerns the setting up of a publishing platform for scientific articles as a service for Horizon 2020 beneficiaries.

IOP Publishing begins open data trial

IOP Publishing is trialing a new data policy on three of its journals to encourage and support authors to make the data underpinning their article more accessible. The policy requires authors to include a data availability statement with their article, and also strongly encourages authors to share their data.

Rate of growth for CC BY articles in fully-OA journals continues for OASPA members

A total of 1,392,051 articles were published with the CC BY license in open access-only journals by members of OASPA during the period 2000-2018, with 261,621 of those being published in 2018. OASPA members were invited to share their data to update the previous post on this topic which was published on the OASPA blog in June 2018.

Cambridge University signs San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

The University of Cambridge have announced that they have signed up to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), a set of recommendations agreed in 2012 that seek to ensure that the quality and impact of research outputs are “measured accurately and evaluated wisely”.

Requirement for ORCID iDs 

The NIH, AHRQ, and CDC announce that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) beginning in FY 2020.   

First look at Editoria’s next version currently in development

Editoria’s web-based word processor is being upgraded, along with the rest of the system, in response to the community’s most recent roadmap.

Shared Open Source infrastructure in workflow

An expert panel was moderated by Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships for MIT’s Knowledge Futures Group, who points to commercial and resource consolidation trends in the publishing industry as one driver toward adopting open source (OS) technologies. 

eLife introduces first demonstration of the open source publishing platform Libero Publisher

eLife is pleased to announce the first working example of its open-source journal hosting and post-production publishing system, Libero Publisher. It is just one component of Libero, a community-driven and open-source platform of services and applications being built to help content providers do more with everything they publish.

New release of the COAR Controlled Vocabulary, “Resource Type”

COAR is pleased to announce the release of the Resource Type Vocabulary, Version 2. This vocabulary provides standardized terms for different types of content contained in a repository. Controlled vocabularies ensure that “everyone is using the same word to mean the same thing” and are key to achieving the COAR vision of a global knowledge commons, based on an interoperable, international network of open repositories.

British Sign Language Adds Over 100 New Signs For Scientific Terms Thanks To one Student

Liam Mcmulkin, who is about to start a masters degree in life sciences at the University of Dundee, is responsible for more than 100 signs for scientific terms now being accepted by British Sign Language, making it easier for deaf scientists to communicate at conferences in the process.

Must watch

The why, what & how of the European Open Science Cloud 

In a video for the Open Science MOOC Jean-Claude Burgelman, gives an introduction to the European Open Science Cloud, a vision the GO FAIR office strongly supports as part of the global Internet of FAIR Data and Services, and helps realise through its Implementation Networks.

Not to miss

PIDapalooza 2020

It’s official, PIDapalooza2020 will take place January 29-30 at the Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Munin conference on Scholarly Publishing 

The Submission deadline for the Munin conference on Scholarly publishing is the 18th of August 2019, the registration deadline is the 14th of November 2019 and the conference will be held on the 27th and 28th of November 2019. 


Fani Kelesidou is Marketing Communications Manager at Hindawi. Connect with her on Twitter @fanikelesidou. To share your news, ideas, and opinions feel free to contact her at fani.kelesidou@hindawi.com.