“On 2 December 2022, the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Belgrade (Serbia), hosted a lecture concerning open science and preprints. The event was supported by ASAPbio and aimed to raise awareness around preprints and their place within open science among the local Serbian researchers, and to encourage this community to post preprints for their research works….”
“The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), invites you to attend the 25th International Symposium of Theses and Dissertations, ETD 2022.
ETD 2022 held in Novi Sad, Serbia, from 07 to 09 September, is hosted by University of Novi Sad (http://www.uns.ac.rs/), and co-organized by non-profit organizations Science 2.0 Alliance (http://sci2zero.org/) and NTLTD (http://www.ndltd.org/). It will be an excellent opportunity to exchange ETD experiences with professionals from different countries, to discuss innovative projects and initiatives and to share successful experiences and up-to-date practices, and to network with colleagues and friends from all over the world. Safety of the participants is the top priority for the organizers and we keep one eye on the COVID pandemic and war in Ukraine.
The conference theme is “FAIRness of ETDs and its implications”. We hope the conference will raise a fruitful discussion on importance of application of FAIR principles at ETDs and supplement materials. We aim to address topics such as:
FAIRness of ETDs and supplement materials;
ETD and OpenScience;
ETDs and research data;
ETDs and source code; …”
“[Q] What do you think is missing in Serbia to fully embrace Open Science?
[A] More understanding from decision-makers in three directions:
(1) Rapid change of local regulations in the field of scientific publication/information: in small scientific communities, such as Serbia, most of the finances come from the state budget. This means that they are the ones who dictate both: conditions and rules. The problem is that they often change their positions, and then it happens that we negotiate everything with them, but they change, and then everything starts from the beginning.
(2) Open Science costs: although we have relied in this field on EC funds so far, the financial investment must also be made at the state level (eg. infrastructure, people, APC, etc.). I would like to point out that over 50 institutions and journal publishers in Serbia have recognized that they have to invest some funds for the Open Science (and they do it from their own funds), but there is no financial support at the national level.
(3) The lack of people with the skills that Open Science requires, especially in the field of data management. For rapid progress and better support for the research community, we should already have recognized occupations such as data-stewards for example….”
Abstract: The Repository of Psychological Instruments in Serbian (REPOPSI; https://osf.io/5zb8p/), run by the Laboratory for Research of Individual Differences at the University of Belgrade and hosted on the Open Science Framework, is an open-access repository of psychological instruments. REPOPSI is a collection of over 130 instruments (e.g., scales, tests) commonly used in social and behavioral science research. Documented are Serbian, English and multilingual instruments, which can be used free of charge for non-commercial purposes (e.g., academic research or education). We argue that REPOPSI enables scientists to increase the efficiency of their research and the visibility of their output. We analyze REPOPSI’s commitment to ensure that its (meta)data is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (the FAIR Data Principles) and its trustworthiness with respect to transparency, responsibility, user focus, sustainability, and technology (the TRUST principles). Finally, we describe how the FAIR and the TRUST principles will support the process of continuous improvement of REPOPSI.
“The second conference The Application of Free Software and Open Hardware (Primena slobodnog softvera i otvorenog hardvera – PSSOH) was certainly the most vibrant event organized in Serbia on the occasion of the 2019 Open Access Week.”
“The Serbian government has passed a new law on science and research that recognizes open science as a fundamental principle of science and research.
The new Law on Science and Research, passed on 8 July 2019, confirms Serbia’s commitment to open science. It comes just a year after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD), the main national funder of research in Serbia, adopted a national open science policy, the Platform for Open Science, mandating open science to all publicly funded research….”
Open Science is an internationally and universally accepted term that includes open (free for the end-users) access to scientific and educational literature, open research, open innovation, open source software, etc. In all documents regulating science in the European Union (and beyond), open access is mandatory, as the wider community has the right of access to the results of scientific research funded from public sources, i.e. by the money of taxpayers. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD) has unambiguously shown determination in the previous period to follow the principles of open science. This is, above all, reflected in the Open Science Platform (adopted in July 2018, English translation), and in several articles in the recently adopted new Law on Science and Research.
“Supporting Open Access journal editors and publishers in Serbia and participating in the Western Balkan Working Group on Open Science….SCIndeks is the central hub of the integrated system of quality-controlled scientific publishing in Serbia. The SCIndeks team developed guides and templates to help editorial boards of Serbian Open Access journals to comply with the “new” DOAJ inclusion criteriaon publication policy and licensing. New functionalities in editor services were implemented and SCIndeks submitted DOAJ application forms for 49 Open Access journals. 35 of them have already been accepted by DOAJ in the past two months. OpenAIRE collaborates with SCIndeks on the non-APC FP7 Open Access Publishing Pilot project.
A comprehensive study “Open Access Journals in Serbia: Policies and Practices” by Milica Ševkuši?, Zorica Jankovi? and Aleksandra Kužet has been recently published and includes good practice advice and policy and licensing templates that could be of great help to journal editors. This study is the result of the EIFL funded project “Revisiting Open Access Journal Policies and Practices in Serbia”, implemented by the Serbian Library Consortium for Coordinated Acquisition – KoBSON. Also see Milica Ševkuši?’s article “Defining the Editorial Policies of Open Access Journals in Serbia and the Role of Librarians in This Process” in ?ITALIŠTE: the scientific journal on theory and practice of librarianship.
Open access, Open Research Data and Open Science are on the agenda of the Western Balkan Regional Working Group on Open Science that met in Brussels on July, 6th, 2017. It mapped the existing e-infrastructure and made plans for further development in the Western Balkan economies, in order to support Open Science e-infrastructure in the region. The meeting outlined the strategic context of Open Science in Europe and the key role of the e-infrastructure development in the European Union and the Western Balkans. OpenAIRE NOAD in Serbia Biljana Kosanovic participated in the meeting and is a member of the Western Balkan Regional Working Group on Open Science….”
“Seven Western Balkans’ economies joined the European Union (EU) family in pursuing the EU Open Science Agenda at the Open Data and Access in Science meeting organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) on the margins of the International Open Data Conference (IODC) on 6-7 October 2016.”