2021 in Review: List of new developments in research assessment | DORA

“Each year, DORA reflects on progress toward responsible research assessment. How is research valued in different communities and how might that have changed in 2021? What tools are the community creating to support policy development? What types of research assessment policies are being developed to reduce the influence of journal-based metrics and recognize a broad range of contributions? How are communities coming together to improve practice and support culture change?

The following list of new developments and recommended reading, viewing, and listening were created with input from the DORA Steering Committee. While the search was extensive, it was not exhaustive, and we might have missed something in the process. Please let us know what other advances we should consider adding to the resource library (email info@sfdora.org). …”

1 December 2021 CoNOSC meeting

“Eager to discuss developments in OS policies across Europe, the members of CoNOSC [Council for National Open Science Coordination] gathered for the third time on 1 Dec 2021. 

We were delighted to see that the network had grown since the last time we met. The meeting gathered a handsome group of 21 participants, with ten member countries presenting from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the UK and two additional presentations from Romania and Italy. We also had observers from the European Commission, including the head of the Open Science Unit….”


Open access journals are as likely to be referenced by the Orthopaedic literature, despite having a lower impact factor than subscription-based journals | SICOT-J

Background: The internet has changed the way we access and publish Orthopaedic literature. Traditional subscription journals have been challenged by the open access method of publication which permits the author to make their article available to all readers for free, often at a cost to the author. This has also been adopted in part by traditional subscription journals forming hybrid journals. One of the criticisms of open access publications is that it provides the author with a “pay to publish” opportunity. We aimed to determine if access to the journals impacts their influence. Methods: We selected the top 40 Trauma and Orthopaedic Journals as ranked by the SCImago Rank. Each journal was reviewed and assessed for the journal quality, defined by reviewing the journal impact factor and SCImago rank; influence, defined by reviewing the top 10 articles provided by the journal for the number of citations; and cost of open access publication. Results: Of the top 40 journals, 10 were subscription, 10 were open access, and 20 were hybrid journals. Subscription journals had the highest mean impact factor, and SCImago rank with a significant difference in the impact factor (p = 0.001) and SCImago rank (p = 0.021) observed between subscription and open access journals. No significant difference was seen between citation numbers of articles published in subscription and open access journals (p = 0.168). There was a positive correlation between the cost of publishing in an open access journal and the impact factor (r = 0.404) but a negative correlation between cost and the number of citations (r = 0.319). Conclusion: Open access journals have significantly lower quality measures in comparison to subscription journals. Despite this, we found no difference between the number of citations, suggestive of there being no difference in the influence of these journals in spite of the observed difference in quality.

Kennispark Twente and ASR Dutch Science Park Fund launch partnership

The University of Twente, the Kennispark Twente Area Foundation, the City of Enschede and the ASR Dutch Science Park Fund have signed a partnership agreement. The deal represents a collective commitment to transform Kennispark Twente and realise commercial real estate for its broad range of tenants.

The formal four-way collaboration offers additional real estate investments opportunities that can deliver on the vision of the Kennispark Twente area as a dynamic location for talent and innovation. The parties’ complementary strengths come together in a joint approach that will serve the interests of all target groups at Kennispark Twente. The University of Twente will focus on real estate that serves its core tasks of education, research and commercial knowledge transfer. The ASR Dutch Science Park Fund will look to the real estate needs of commercial parties seeking to establish themselves at the science park. 

Job: Scientific Information Specialist ‘Science’: building on open science (0.8 – 1.0 FTE) End of Play: Jan 09, 2022.

Job description

Utrecht University external link has the ambition to lead the way in Europe in the field of open science. These developments in science present new opportunities and possibilities for the University Library external link to use its knowledge and expertise in making research and education output FAIR. One area that is developing strongly is FAIR research data, code & software.

You will work within the Academic Services sector of the University Library, whose services are flexibly adapted to the changing needs of researchers, lecturers and students. In the coming years, Academic Services (approx. 35 FTE) will continue to develop and innovate the products and services in direct interaction with the customers. The services focus on supporting education and research, as well as open science. The department works in a result-oriented manner. This means that you will have a great deal of freedom to organize your own work. To strengthen the team, we are looking for a Scientific Information Specialist.

You will work on developing and implementing open science services such as open access, research data, reproducible code and software, and research evaluation. On behalf of the library, you will be the point of contact for researchers, lecturers and students within the Faculty of Science external link. In addition, you and your colleagues are committed to providing the faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Geosciences with the best possible support in research and education.
You are able to engage in constructive communication with the stakeholders, and use this skill to advice researchers on scientific information provision and processing, open science and scientific communication. You will work on developing and implementing open science services such as: open access, research data, reproducible code and software, publishing rights issues, and research assessment. You provide training in the field of FAIR data, open science, and information skills such as systematic reviews.

Your tasks

Building and maintaining a relevant network of relationships within the Faculty of Science and with colleagues inside and outside the University Library;
giving online and on site trainings and workshops and iteration of (online) training modules;
supporting your Faculty of Science colleague by selecting literature and databases, together with scientists;
ensuring the proper provision of information and stimulating the optimal use of the University Library services for research and education;
informing, advising and supporting researchers on developments and solutions on open science and scientific communication, with an emphasis on FAIR data, code & software and open access;
contributing to the (further) development and innovation of new services for the creation, management and (re)use of research data and information in academic research and education.


You have a Master’s degree in a relevant field and at least two years of relevant work experience.
You are strong in transferring and sharing knowledge, both to groups and individually. Experience with building and providing training or education is a plus.
You have good advisory skills and you understand the perspective of academic researchers, lecturers and students and you have a strong affinity with the process of scientific communication in an academic environment.
You have affinity with digital research and you want to contribute to developments on open science, open access, FAIR data, FAIR code and software.
(Basic) knowledge of programming (preferably Python or R) is a plus or you are willing to develop in this area.
You have experience in building and maintaining a professional network, preferably in an academic environment. You know how to represent our organization in the network of collaborating partners. Because of the network you will be building, this is a role to maintain for several years.

The position requires strong communication skills and personal characteristics such as: customer orientation, analytical skills, result orientation, organizational sensitivity, networking, and team skills. You have an excellent command of English. For international candidates, we require a minimum command of the Dutch language (level B2).


We offer a temporary appointment for a period of one year, with the prospect of an extension for an indefinite period if proven suitable. The gross salary – depending on your education, experience and the specific tasks you will perform – ranges between €2,968 and €4,474 per month for a full-time appointment (salary scale 9 or 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

You wil

Sustainability Funding for Scholarly Infrastructure Needs Infrastructure of Its Own

“SCOSS, OACIP, the SCIP census, and IOI are all promising initiatives to address the library community’s need for data, criteria, and transparency that would enable the operationalization of maintenance funding for community-based infrastructure necessary for sustainable scholarship. Research libraries can work with these new projects to supply and help standardize data about which scholarly infrastructures are used by their local communities and how their organizations are contributing to the infrastructures’ sustainability.”

Sustaining the Knowledge Commons: final report | Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir les savoirs communs

This post concludes the 7-year Sustaining the Knowledge Commons (SKC) research program for which I gratefully acknowledge generous support from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) through an Insight Development Grant (2014 – 2016), and Insight Grant (2016 – 2021). I also gratefully acknowledge the hard work, team spirit and initiative of the many members of the SKC team over the years – their names are listed on the About the Team page; bios reflect statuses the last time they participated in the project. Following are my key recommendations for funders (including libraries & policy-makers), takeways for future APC researchers, select portions of my final report to SSHRC, and my final thoughts and next directions.

CDL, CRL & HathiTrust Summit for Shared Print in the Collections Lifecycle – California Digital Library

“In 2020, CDL joined in collaboration with the Center for Research Libraries and HathiTrust (the CCH Collaboration) to play a facilitative leadership role in advancing shared print’s transition to a new phase of integration and interoperability (read more here). In its first year, the Collaboration released a freely available shared print comparison tool for serials and journals. On December 1st & 2nd of 2021, the Collaboration hosted a summit bringing together the shared print community, library technologists, and service providers to map a path forward for embedding shared print in the collections lifecycle. …”

Incentivising research data sharing: a scoping review

Abstract:  Background: Numerous mechanisms exist to incentivise researchers to share their data. This scoping review aims to identify and summarise evidence of the efficacy of different interventions to promote open data practices and provide an overview of current research.

Methods: This scoping review is based on data identified from Web of Science and LISTA, limited from 2016 to 2021. A total of 1128 papers were screened, with 38 items being included. Items were selected if they focused on designing or evaluating an intervention or presenting an initiative to incentivise sharing. Items comprised a mixture of research papers, opinion pieces and descriptive articles.

Results: Seven major themes in the literature were identified: publisher/journal data sharing policies, metrics, software solutions, research data sharing agreements in general, open science ‘badges’, funder mandates, and initiatives.

Conclusions: A number of key messages for data sharing include: the need to build on existing cultures and practices, meeting people where they are and tailoring interventions to support them; the importance of publicising and explaining the policy/service widely; the need to have disciplinary data champions to model good practice and drive cultural change; the requirement to resource interventions properly; and the imperative to provide robust technical infrastructure and protocols, such as labelling of data sets, use of DOIs, data standards and use of data repositories.

Open access in the humanities, arts and social sciences: Complex perceptions of researchers and implications for research support | LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries

Adoption of open access in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) is a work in progress, with lower engagement in HASS than most of the natural sciences. HASS research impacts how we live, how we learn and how we see ourselves, and research institutions should encourage and enable their HASS research communities to increase the prevalence of open access research outputs. Six experienced HASS researchers at a single academic institution in Perth, Australia, were interviewed to explore their perceptions and experiences of open access, and any barriers that they had encountered. Thematic analysis was used to code the transcribed interviews, and generate themes.

This study found a wide variance in the adoption of open access practices among HASS researchers. Some participants are publishing via APC-based gold open access (in DOAJ listed journals), while other participants encounter multiple barriers to sharing more of their work as open access. Confusion about aspects of open access is evident. Even among participants who support open access, some have had poor experiences of open access publishing. This research also found that some participants hold extremely complex opinions on open access, which directly influence participants’ behaviour depending on which perspective they are considering. These perspectives are: research supervisor, editorial role at journal, funding assessor and global citizen. Within HASS a diversity of behaviours exists around open access, and research institutions need to tailor their research support services around open access and scholarly publishing for different communities of researchers.

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