Antiracism Toolkit for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color | Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications

So many people put a tremendous amount of time into making this toolkit a reality. First are the BIPOC writers, readers, and editors who shared their experiences, knowledge, and training to the shaping of this content. A full list of contributors can be found at the end of this toolkit. We also thank the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) and the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) for supporting this work as well as the Knowledge Futures Group for committing resources towards producing this toolkit and hosting it on PubPub, the open-source community-led publishing platform. Additionally we would like to thank the GRAPHEK design team that graciously volunteered their time and skills to create the visual concept for this toolkit. We wanted specifically to share GRAPHEK’s notes on how they envisioned this thoughtful design:
“This concept is based on embroidery as a way to show the resilience of the BIPOC community in academic research and the networking encouraged by the toolkit. When cloth is damaged, embroidery and patches not only repair, they reinforce the cloth to be stronger and more resilient to future wear & tear. Even though each individual goes through their own unique experiences and tribulations, there are connecting threads that create solidarity. By sharing stories, crossing paths, and giving each other the resources necessary to navigate spaces riddled with systemic biases and racism, this toolkit can help BIPOC shape a more just and inclusive field.”


The Scholarly Communication Notebook | OER Commons

“The Scholarly Communication Notebook (SCN) is an active, inclusive, empowered community of practice for teaching scholarly communications to emerging librarians….

Welcome to the Scholarly Communication Notebook (SCN), an in-development repository of community-designed and curated open resources for teaching about scholarly communication and for doing scholarly communication work in libraries. We intend the SCN to be the locus of an active, inclusive, empowered community of practice for teaching scholarly communications to emerging librarians, where practitioners, LIS educators, and library students work together to increase knowledge and skills on topics of growing importance in librarianship and beyond; topics such as copyright, open access, open education, and library publishing (see Collections below for more topic areas). We hope these resources will be regularly refreshed by librarians and allies as well as by LIS faculty and by students completing coursework on these topics, and that mutually beneficial relationships and bridges are built between users. The SCN, and the resources collected here, complement an open book that is in production, Introduction to Scholarly Communication Librarianship: Law, Economics, and Culture.


The SCN is explicitly intended to support, educate and represent a diversifying workforce of LIS professionals. It intends to extend social justice values to all participants by intentionally and thoughtfully reflecting the broad range of people, institution types, and service models engaged in scholarly communication work. For more background see the OER + Scholarly Communication project site. We’re also reachable via email and on Twitter….”

Easing Into Open Science: A Guide for Graduate Students and Their Advisors | Collabra: Psychology | University of California Press

Abstract:  This article provides a roadmap to assist graduate students and their advisors to engage in open science practices. We suggest eight open science practices that novice graduate students could begin adopting today. The topics we cover include journal clubs, project workflow, preprints, reproducible code, data sharing, transparent writing, preregistration, and registered reports. To address concerns about not knowing how to engage in open science practices, we provide a difficulty rating of each behavior (easy, medium, difficult), present them in order of suggested adoption, and follow the format of what, why, how, and worries. We give graduate students ideas on how to approach conversations with their advisors/collaborators, ideas on how to integrate open science practices within the graduate school framework, and specific resources on how to engage with each behavior. We emphasize that engaging in open science behaviors need not be an all or nothing approach, but rather graduate students can engage with any number of the behaviors outlined.


Mentorship Program Application Window Open | Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) | August 2022

“The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is now accepting applications for the next cohort of our ongoing Mentorship Program. Our Career Development Committee seeks potential mentors and mentees to connect for professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement.  This program is ideal for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organizations by connecting with a mentor. The next cohort will run from October 2022 through March 2023, and SSP is accepting applications for mentees and mentors now through September 1. Selected participants are matched with a mentor or mentee by the Career Development Committee and expected to meet at least once monthly for six months. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend an online orientation and virtual discussion group. There is no cost to apply, but program participants (both mentors and mentees) must be SSP members. SSP is deeply committed to fostering a community that supports and benefits from the talents of scholarly publishers from a wide range of backgrounds. We believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility must be centered in our community, and we strongly encourage people from traditionally marginalized groups to apply to be a mentor or mentee….”

Evaluation of Open Access Websites for Anesthesia Education : Anesthesia & Analgesia

Abstract:  BACKGROUND: 

While the prevalence of free, open access medical education resources for health professionals has expanded over the past 10 years, many educational resources for health care professionals are not publicly available or require fees for access. This lack of open access creates global inequities in the availability and sharing of information and may have the most significant impact on health care providers with the greatest need. The extent of open access online educational websites aimed for clinicians and trainees in anesthesiology worldwide is unknown. In this study, we aimed to identify and evaluate the quality of websites designed to provide open access educational resources for anesthesia trainees and clinicians.


A PubMed search of articles published between 2009 and 2020, and a Startpage search engine web search was conducted in May 2021 to identify websites using the following inclusion criteria: (1) contain educational content relevant for anesthesia providers or trainees, (2) offer content free of charge, and (3) are written in the English language. Websites were each scored by 2 independent reviewers using a website quality evaluation tool with previous validity evidence that was modified for anesthesia (the Anesthesia Medical Education Website Quality Evaluation Tool).


Seventy-five articles and 175 websites were identified; 37 websites met inclusion criteria. The most common types of educational content contained in the websites included videos (66%, 25/37), text-based resources (51%, 19/37), podcasts (35%, 13/37), and interactive learning resources (32%, 12/37). Few websites described an editorial review process (24%, 9/37) or included opportunities for active engagement or interaction by learners (30%,11/37). Scores by tertile differed significantly across multiple domains, including disclosure of author/webmaster/website institution; description of an editorial review process; relevancy to residents, fellows, and faculty; comprehensiveness; accuracy; disclosure of content creation or revision; ease of access to information; interactivity; clear and professional presentation of information; and links to external information.


We found 37 open access websites for anesthesia education available on the Internet. Many of these websites may serve as a valuable resource for anesthesia clinicians looking for self-directed learning resources and for educators seeking to curate resources into thoughtfully integrated learning experiences. Ongoing efforts are needed to expand the number and improve the existing open access websites, especially with interactivity, to support the education and training of anesthesia providers in even the most resource-limited areas of the world. Our findings may provide recommendations for those educators and organizations seeking to fill this needed gap to create new high-quality educational websites.

Use of preprint peer review to educate and enculturate science undergraduates

“Key points•Undergraduate science education should include education in scholarly practices like peer review.•Authentic experiences in peer review increase science literacy and science identity.•Peer review of preprints provides a means for undergraduates to be involved in peer review that is independent of journal gate-keeping processes.”

IFLA Guidelines for Professional Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Programmes

“LIS education builds, holistically, the capacity of professionals with ingrained ethics and humanistic values. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) are essential to LIS professionalism, service-orientation, social responsibility, sustainability, education, and lifelong learning. Access to information, including open access (OA), as a public good; intellectual freedom; responsible stewardship of data, information and knowledge; and the technologies and intelligence driving them, are central to the profession….

Research proficiency includes problem-oriented research which analyses the basis of issues encountered in LIS and attempts to provide possible solutions and understanding for professional practice in diverse information settings. It also includes the ability to identify, collate, catalogue, retrieve, evaluate, and disseminate research produced by others for scholarship advancement across disciplines as well as for general societal impact and innovative policy development for the betterment of communities. Such scholarly communication includes open access which ensures unrestricted access to research for further knowledge generation….” 

Reforming research assessment: what does it … | Open Research Europe

“This is an exciting announcement for Open Research Europe, as the Agreement would contribute to mainstream practices that support robustness, openness and transparency of research and the research process. Open Research Europe already implements many of these practices, such as:

No Journal Impact Factor, instead promoting the responsible use of individual article indicators.
Early sharing of results with open post-publication peer-review as well as an open data policy where research data supporting articles is deposited in trusted repositories, facilitating reproducibility of research.
14 article types accepted across all subject areas, including publication of confirmatory, null, and negative results.
Education, training, and support for researchers for peer-review and open research practices.
Opportunities for increased credit for additional activities undertaken by researchers, such as Advisory Board roles and peer reviewing (each peer-review can be cited independently from the article)….”

2022 International Training Workshop on Open Science and SDGs – CODATA, The Committee on Data for Science and Technology

“With the advent of the 21st century, human beings face unprecedented opportunities and challenges that call for Open Science and open collaboration. In response, the Sustainable Development Agenda was developed, and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015 to address the critical global issues, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. In recent years, the concept of Open Science has been actively embraced by all walks of life and various disciplines. As stated in the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, Open Science has significantly transformed the way of knowledge production and distribution. It has been increasingly recognized as a critical accelerator for the achievement of the SDGs and a true game-changer in bridging the science, technology, and innovation gaps and fulfilling the human right to science.

By providing a scientific and practical guide to the use of Big Earth Data in relation to SDG-13, the objective of this training workshop is to increase expertise and build capacity of Open Science, thus contributing to the achievement of the UN SDGs. Participants will receive free online training focusing on knowledge and skills for valuable SDG-related cloud platforms, services, resources, and tools, especially with strong support from the CASEarth project. The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm CST (UTC+8) on July 31th….”

How to be FAIR with your data. A teaching and training handbook for higher education institutions

This handbook aims to support higher education institutions with the integration of FAIR-related content in their curricula and teaching. It was written and edited by a group of about 40 collaborators in a series of six book sprint events that took place between 1 and 10 June 2021. The document provides practical material, such as competence profiles, learning outcomes and lesson plans, and supporting information. It incorporates community feedback received during the public consultation which ran from 27 July to 12 September 2021.


This handbook underwent a community review from 26 July to 12 September 2021. We are grateful to all contributors for their valuable, much appreciated feedback.

We would like to extend special thanks for their extensive and thorough review and contribution to: Romain David, Hervé L’Hours, Karsten Peters, Esther Plomp, Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg, Francesco Varrato, Niklas Zimmer

Furthermore, we would like to thank: Esther Asef, Bill Ayres, Noemi BC, Fay Campbell, Leyla Jael Castro, Julien Colomb, Philipp Conzett, Antica Culina, Stefanie De Bodt, Vilém D?d, Julian Dederke, Mary Donaldson, Christina Elsenga, Jeanine Finn, Vinciane Gaillard, Marjan Grootveld, W H, Simon Kerridge, Ilja Kocken, Ellen Leenarts, Allyson Lister, Lachlan MacLeod, Izaskun Mallona, Paula Martinez Lavanchy, Janice Masud-Paul, Joke Meeus, Gene Melzack, Megan O’Donnell, Lisanna Paladin, Limor Peer, Robin Rice, Jürgen Rohrwild, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Gabriele Schwiertz, Yasmeen Shorish, Shelley Stall, Alexander Steckel, Liz Stokes, Annette Strauch, Ádám Száldobágyi, Rick Thompson, Christophe Trefois, Enrique Wulff, as well as everyone who contributed anonymously.

Xu | Research Data Management Practice in Academic Libraries | Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Abstract:  Purpose: The present scoping review examines research data management (RDM) best practices and empirical studies in academic libraries between 2010 and 2021. Method: The current study developed systematic database searches to locate potential articles for inclusion and designed a detailed and systematic coding scheme to examine the substantive features of RDM and characteristics of RDM practice, with an emphasis on RDM instruction. Results and Discussion: The results from the current study demonstrated that there is great demand for RDM training after 2011. Furthermore, research about RDM training spread across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and elsewhere. The findings also proved that RDM training is essential for both STEM and non- STEM subjects but simultaneously indicated that non-STEM subjects such as the social sciences in particular lack RDM training. Results from the current literature also found that a large number of RDM training programs focused on the introduction of RDM or an RDM overview, without in-depth and discipline-based curriculum for researchers across domains. Additionally, this study identified a lack of quantitative research, especially statistical analysis, on the effect of RDM interventions. Conclusion: This study contributes to our comprehensive understanding of some essential elements associated with RDM training, with the primary finding that future practitioners in the RDM field would benefit from stronger collaboration with faculty or researchers to develop more discipline-based curriculums for RDM and more application-based approaches for teaching RDM.


June HELIOS Newsletter — Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship

“Open Scholarship Good Practices:

This working group will (1) curate current good practices resources that institutions can adapt and adopt, and (2) scope an on-demand open scholarship support service/National Open Office Hours service. Simultaneously, the working group will begin to curate curricula for training the next generation of researchers to engage in good open scholarship practices by design….”