Abstract: Research funders spend considerable efforts collecting information on outcomes of the research they fund. To help funders track publication output associated with their funding, Crossref initiated FundRef in 2013, enabling publishers to register funding information using persistent identifiers. However, it is hard to assess the coverage of funder metadata because it is unknown how many articles are the result of funded research and therefore should include funder metadata. In this paper we looked at 5,004 publications reported by researchers to be the result of funding by a specific funding agency: the Dutch Research Council NWO. Only 67% of these articles contain funding information in Crossref, with a subset acknowledging NWO as funder name and/or Funder IDs linked to NWO (53% and 45%, respectively). Web of Science (WoS), Scopus and Dimensions are all able to infer additional funding information from funding statements in the full text of the articles. Funding information in Lens largely corresponds to that in Crossref, with some additional funding information likely taken from PubMed. We observe interesting differences between publishers in the coverage and completeness of funding metadata in Crossref compared to proprietary databases, highlighting potential to increase the quality of open metadata on funding.
CLARIN ERIC, the central organisation of the European Research Infrastructure for language resources, has a vacancy for an experienced management assistant to work as member of the central organisation. We are looking to hire somebody who feels at home in an (international) scientific environment, who is a team player but also able to work independently and who is interested in joining the team that is responsible for the operational and administrative aspects of the central organisation of CLARIN.
Activities & tasks include (all or part of the following, depending on the eventual size of the appointment):
running general front office tasks, such as adding content to the website, handling emails arriving in the general mailbox (e.g., answering questions, forwarding specific requests to the relevant CLARIN representative(s) or other staff members);
preparing of the logistics of virtual and physical meetings;
collecting information for management overviews and memos, and digital archiving;
managing mailing lists and registrations;
supporting committee meetings (agenda preparation, minute taking, etc.);
supporting the layout and production of printed material.
Our team works in a hybrid office with short lines of communication and flexible working hours, and the possibility to work remotely for short periods of time (in mutual agreement).
Abstract: Aim: Cardiac diseases remain a leading cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD) related hospitalisation and mortality. That is why research to improve our understanding of pathophysiological processes underlying cardiac diseases is of great importance. There is a strong need for healthy and diseased human cardiac tissue and related clinical data to accomplish this, since currently used animal and in vitro disease models do not fully grasp the pathophysiological processes observed in humans. This design paper describes the initiative of the Netherlands Heart Tissue Bank (NHTB) that aims to boost CVD-related research by providing an open-access biobank.
Methods: The NHTB, founded in June 2020, is a non-profit biobank that collects and stores biomaterial (including but not limited to myocardial tissue and blood samples) and clinical data of individuals with and without previously known cardiac diseases. All individuals aged ? 18 years living in the Netherlands are eligible for inclusion as a potential future donor. The stored samples and clinical data will be available upon request for cardiovascular researchers.
Conclusion: To improve the availability of cardiac tissue for cardiovascular research, the NHTB will include extensive (cardiac) biosamples, medical images, and clinical data of donors with and without a previously known cardiac disease. As such, the NHTB will function as a translational bridge to boost a wide range of cardiac disease-related fundamental and translational studies.
“The scientific developers of the Utrecht Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) have been awarded a grant from the Open Science Fund. The main objective of the rewarded project is to make the past and future research software of DHLab as FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) as possible.
The Open Science Fund is an opportunity for Utrecht University and University Medical Centre Utrecht employees to access small grants with which they can apply Open Science principles into their research….”
“The national partnership of university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands, UKB, monitors the peer-reviewed articles that appear in open access. The results are reported annually by the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The developments with regard to open access publishing are moving fast. Since 2016, a framework for this has been used, which is now being renewed for even more comprehensive monitoring.
Measuring more and better
It is important to choose the right policy principles and to motivate scientists to share their publications worldwide without barriers. The new framework anticipates further automation. It also includes a number of developments that have come into play in recent years.
More and more books, book chapters, conference papers and other publication types are published in open access. These publication types are part of the national open access ambitions.
The Dutch Copyright Act offers an additional possibility to publish short works of science in open access in the university repositories, six months after the first online publication. Work is being done on this in the project “You share, we take care!” (the green route). The various ways in which publications become open access will soon become clear in the monitoring.
Scientists connected to the NWO, KNAW and other non-profit knowledge institutions are also increasingly publishing in open access….”
“Are you an advocate of Open and Responsible Science and fully aware of its essential functions for the quality, efficiency, impact and trustworthiness of science? Would you like to establish the sound support infrastructures that are needed to enable researchers to transition towards open and responsible science practices. Are you the digital savvy person who can get things done in a complex stakeholder environment? Then you are our ideal Head of Department Open and Responsible Science….”
“Utrecht University aims at a publishing climate in which academic authors publish fully open access (OA). The Executive Board of Utrecht University has agreed to a new OA policy in 2022 to realise this ambition.
By expanding the availability of research results, transparency, applicability and reuse of these results increase. In addition, it will benefit the (societal) impact of research. That is why the university wants to increase the number of publications that are published in open access. This fits in with the ambitions in the field of Open Science. Another part of this OA policy is to control the costs of open access publishing….”
From Google’s English: “Are you driven, flexible and positive? Do you have a passion for Open Science? Do you want to help students and researchers make their publications openly available?
Then apply at the VU University Amsterdam (VU)….
You are responsible for drawing up and implementing the new Open Access policy.
You discuss the state of affairs regarding Open Access with the administrators and policy officers of each faculty, based on figures from the VU Open Access dashboard. You also give advice on possible next steps.
You initiate projects to improve support for Open Access at the VU, in collaboration with other colleagues within the Open Science program and the university library.
You organize events to provide information about Open Access, in collaboration with the Open Science community manager and communication staff.
You are available as an expert for advice on Open Access & scientific publishing within the VU by answering questions from researchers and students, giving advice and finding solutions to bottlenecks.
You participate in national Open Access consultations on behalf of the VU….”
“Knowledge Unlatched head of publisher relations Neil Christensen has announced a partnership with a “specialized information service” called FID Benelux Low Countries Studies, based in Münster. In this project, FID Benelux has paid to make 28 titles from the field of Dutch, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg studies available as open access. The resulting ebooks have been made openly accessible in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched (KU) and its “KU Reverse” model….”
“The University of Groningen is launching a stimulus fund to support diamond open access initiatives by UG/UMCG researchers. The fund can be used to expand and improve existing initiatives (e.g. professionalizing or scaling-up a scholar-led journal, etc.) or to create new ones (e.g. setting up a new journal or flipping an existing journal to diamond open access)….”
Abstract: Open Access (OA) emerged as an important transition in scholarly publishing worldwide during the past two decades. So far, this transition is increasingly based on article processing charges (APC), which create a new paywall on the researchers’ side. Publishing is part of the research process and thereby necessary to perform research. This study analyses the global trends towards paying to perform research by combing observed trends in publishing from 2015 to 2020 with an APC price list. APC expenses have sharply increased among six countries with different OA policies: the USA, China, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Norway. The estimated global revenues from APC among major publishers now exceed 2 billion US dollars annually. Mergers and takeovers show that the industry is moving towards APC-based OA as the more profitable business model. Research publishing will be closed to those who cannot make an institution or project money payment. Our results lead to a discussion of whether APC is the best way to promote OA.
“You can become a more visible, effective and impactful researcher by sharing your research data and publications openly. In this course, you will learn the objectives, main concepts, and benefits of Open Science principles along with practices for open data management and open data sharing.
Since research increasingly relies on software which is used to model and simulate, and to deal with the ever growing volume of research data, the course will also introduce FAIR software practices.
Citizens participation in research is getting more and more important. The course will demonstrate what citizen science is about, how to stimulate citizens to participate in your research and how to handle (new) responsibilities when implementing citizen science.
You’ll learn to establish links between publications, data, software and methods, how to attach a persistent identifier and metadata to your results, and methods for clarifying usage rights. You will also discover ways to apply these principles to your daily research and adapt existing routines. Finally, you’ll uncover potential barriers to sharing research and discuss possible solutions.
This course will help you grasp the key principles of Open Science, with answers to questions like:
How can researchers effectively store, manage, and share research data?
What kinds of open access publishing are most effective?
How can researchers increase the visibility and impact of their research?
How can the use of social media contribute to the visibility and impact of research?
How can researchers be acknowledged for the research software they write?
How can research benefit from citizen science? …”
Utrecht University aims at a publishing climate in which academic authors publish fully open access (OA). The Executive Board of Utrecht University has agreed to a new OA policy to realise this ambition.