Open science and data sharing in cognitive neuroscience with MouseBytes and MouseBytes+ | Scientific Data

Abstract:  Open access to rodent cognitive data has lagged behind the rapid generation of large open-access datasets in other areas of neuroscience, such as neuroimaging and genomics. One contributing factor has been the absence of uniform standardization in experiments and data output, an issue that has particularly plagued studies in animal models. Touchscreen-automated cognitive testing of animal models allows standardized outputs that are compatible with open-access sharing. Touchscreen datasets can be combined with different neuro-technologies such as fiber photometry, miniscopes, optogenetics, and MRI to evaluate the relationship between neural activity and behavior. Here we describe a platform that allows deposition of these data into an open-access repository. This platform, called MouseBytes, is a web-based repository that enables researchers to store, share, visualize, and analyze cognitive data. Here we present the architecture, structure, and the essential infrastructure behind MouseBytes. In addition, we describe MouseBytes+, a database that allows data from complementary neuro-technologies such as imaging and photometry to be easily integrated with behavioral data in MouseBytes to support multi-modal behavioral analysis.


ResearchGate and Royal Society extend scope of partnership after successful trial phase


ResearchGate and The Royal Society have today expanded the partnership that sees all articles from the Royal Society’s ten-journal portfolio syndicated directly to ResearchGate.

ResearchGate and De Gruyter announce content partnership

“ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, and De Gruyter, an independent academic publisher disseminating excellent scholarship since 1749, have today announced a content syndication partnership that will see content from 437 of De Gruyter’s journals added to ResearchGate.”

Integration with DSpace and authentication (#797) · Issues · dissemin / dissemin · GitLab

“The presentation about EasyDeposit2 by the University of Oregon at the green OA session of OR2019 showed how is used to allow researchers to upload a PDF to a repository record in reaction to an email without needing to login manually.

Some of the logic might turn out to be useful if we want to deposit on the authors’ behalf on DSpace and/or generate email notifications with access tokens….”

The Royal Society of Chemistry joins Jisc’s Publications Router service – Research

“The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a global publisher in chemical sciences and related fields, is now supplying full-text journal articles to Jisc’s Publications Router, which automatically delivers them into the open repositories of the UK institutions to which the authors are affiliated….”

Publications router – populating repositories automatically – Jisc

“Find out how you can capture your researchers’ articles automatically onto your institution’s repository or CRIS, including the correct version of the full-text article and its licence, without having to find and upload them manually.”

Experimenting with repository workflows for archiving: Automated ingest | Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)

by Ross Higman

In a recent post, my colleague Miranda Barnes outlined the challenges of archiving and preservation for small and scholar-led open access publishers, and described the process of manually uploading books to the Loughborough University institutional repository. The conclusion of this manual ingest experiment was that while university repositories offer a potential route for open access archiving of publisher output, the manual workflow is prohibitively time- and resource-intensive, particularly for small and scholar-led presses who are often stretched in these respects.

Fortunately, many institutional repositories provide routes for uploading files and metadata which allow for the process to be automated, as an alternative to the standard web browser user interface. Different repositories offer different routes, but a large proportion of them are based on the same technologies. By experimenting with a handful of repositories, we were therefore able to investigate workflows which should also be applicable to a much broader spread of institutions.



The Company of Biologists supplies articles to Publications Router – Research

“The Company of Biologists, a leading not-for-profit publisher, is now providing full-text articles for distribution to UK institutional repositories using Jisc’s Publications Router service….

The articles are provided daily, upon first publication of the version of record. This is nearly always within seven weeks of acceptance.


Publications Router matches the articles to the authors’ institutions and delivers them into their repositories automatically, together with rich, authoritative metadata….”

Publications Router is now interoperable with Worktribe – Research

“Publications Router, the Jisc service that captures research articles from publishers and distributes them to UK institutional repositories, is now fully interoperable with Worktribe, the cloud-based platform for higher education administration….

If you use Worktribe’s Outputs product, you can receive articles that Router has matched to your institution– including the full text from a growing range of publishers – directly and seamlessly into your system. They can then be reviewed and approved by the authors and repository management staff before public release using your usual procedures.

This has been tried out by a group of pilot institutions. Working with Jisc, Worktribe have now added further improvements to the integration, and both organizations are now ready to offer it to institutions for live use….”

Emerald supplies accepted manuscripts to Publications Router – Research

“Emerald, the global publisher of social science research, is now supplying accepted manuscripts of journal articles to Jisc’s Publications Router service for onward distribution to UK institutional repositories….”

Using R packages to populate IR

“Many institutions have reported that participation rates of article deposit in their IR are low regardless of their various efforts in outreach and engagement. Even when the deposit is mandated, the participation rate can still be quite low.

Once this hurdle was overcome, there is another challenge faced by the IR administrators, ensuring that the version submitted by the researcher is the appropriate version. If it is not, IR administrators would need to take additional steps to correspond with the researcher to obtain the appropriate version. Thus, increasing their administrative work load.

Therefore, some institutions had taken the pro-active initiative to complete the deposit on behalf of their researchers. This certainly is not a small undertaking. However, there are openly available R packages ( that can be used to automate some of the processes. In this page, I will summarize the steps to do that….”

Something old, something new: Figshare’s new ORCID integration is here

“We’re big fans of ORCID here at Figshare. Our first ORCID integration was released way back in 2013 when we were “Alpha launch partners”. We’ve made a few changes to the integration along the way, of course. We’re very pleased to say that as of September 2021 and in collaboration with our friends and development partners at Singapore Institute of Technology, we are launching a new ORCID integration with significantly improved functionality!…”


Wiley supplies full-text open access articles to Publications Router – Research

“Wiley has become the latest publisher to distribute open access full-text articles to UK institutional repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router, making institutions’ research outputs more visible.

Publications Router is an alerting service that automatically sends research articles to institutions’ systems such as their repositories or CRISs.

Wiley, one of the world’s largest publishers of scholarly journals, now actively deposits open access content from both their hybrid and wholly open access titles across a range of disciplines from science and medicine to arts and humanities, law, business, social sciences and many others.

The arrangement with Wiley and Publications Router builds upon the read and publish agreement for UK institutions agreed via Jisc Collections, as a result of which most UK-authored articles published with Wiley are made open access….”