The Netherlands Heart Tissue Bank : Strengthening the cardiovascular research infrastructure with an open access Cardiac Tissue Repository – PubMed

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.

Inflationary adjustment to Frontiers’ Article Processing Charges – Science & research news | Frontiers

“At Frontiers, APCs are paid in US dollars, the value of which has recently been under strong inflationary pressure.  Against international cost-of-living indicators, the dollar has lost 13% of its value since the last time we adjusted APCs at the end of 2017.  

Unlike other publishers, we have not made annual adjustments to the costs of our services during that period.

As of August 2022, we will raise APCs by 9.32% to help partially offset the recent inflationary losses to the value of the dollar. This will allow us to continue to reinvest in our operations while offering the highest quality, sustainable publishing services. We employ an international team of over 1,700 publishing professionals, who provide the expertise and technology skills to maintain and expand our editorial program and help make more science, open science….”

Data Trove Released by Seattle Alzheimer’s Disease Brain Cell Atlas | Inside Precision Medicine

“Neuroscientists at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and their collaborators have released their first research data set on Alzheimer’s disease, in which they categorized cell types based on gene activity. The team hope this approach could ultimately identify new targets for better therapies.

The publicly available dataset captures large-scale cellular and molecular information gleaned from more than 1.2 million neurons and other brain cells from 84 people who donated their brains to science after their deaths. It includes detailed microscopy images of amyloid-? and other disease-related proteins in the patients’ brains….”

Making sense of preprints by adding context – The Publish Your Reviews initiative | Impact of Social Sciences

“Improving scientific publishing is often framed as an issue of openness and speed and less often as one of context. In this post, Ludo Waltman and Jessica Polka make the case for a more contextualised approach to open access publishing and preprinting, and introduce the Publish Your Reviews initiative. Launched today by ASAPbio, the initiative allows reviewers to provide richer contextual information to preprints by publishing peer reviews and linking them to the preprint versions of the articles under review….”

The EOSC Future Project and RDA Announces New Calls for Funding | RDA

“The EOSC Future Project is developing an environment to deliver professional data services, open research products and infrastructure that will support European researchers in managing the data lifecycle. To enable early adoption of the EOSC environment, RDA and EOSC have issued the following open calls targeting scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers, backed by a grant funded by EOSC Future with the aim of enabling bottom-up engagement of the RDA community in EOSC: …”

SciELO – Brazil – Availability of Open Access journals by scientific fields, specialization and Open Access regulations in the YERUN universities Availability of Open Access journals by scientific fields, specialization and Open Access regulations in the YERUN universities

Abstract:  The availability of Open Access journals in the various fields of knowledge in Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science is hypothesized to present strong inequalities, thus affecting the choice of journals by researchers wishing to publish their research results in Open Access. The first objective of this research was to contrast this hypothesis, by crossing the list of journals available at WoS with the lists of the Directory of Open Access Journals. The availability of OA journals presents strong inequalities, ranging from 5 to 40% depending on the field of knowledge. At the level of universities, such disparity in the availability of Open Access journals is an important factor regarding their accomplishment of Open Access mandates considering their specialization profiles. In this work, as the second objective, the publications available on the Web of Science (from 2016 to 2020) of the universities belonging to the YERUN Network (Young European Research Universities) are studied in order to identify their specialization profiles, their Open Access types (and evolution) and the possible interactions between their specialization and the availability of Open Access journals and their respective fields of specialization. A general overview of the volumes of funded research and the different proportions of Open Access and non-Open Access in funded and non-funded research is also provided. The indicator “Open Access Likelihood” is introduced and applied as a proxy for the likelihood of Open Access publications taking into account the fields of specialization of the YERUN universities. The results of its application underline the need to take into consideration both, specialization and Open Access availability when designing feasible Open Access mandates. Future research includes the study of the availability of Open Access journals by tiers of impact actors.


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.”

Science Europe Open Science Conference 2022 – Science Europe

“Science Europe is organising a conference on Open Science on 18 and 19 October 2022. The event will bring together institutional leaders, researchers at all stages of their careers, and experts from the field to discuss two main questions:

Is Open Science ready to become the norm in research?
How do we ensure an equitable transition to Open Science?…”

Open Research Development Librarian, Library and Cultural Services

“Working closely with the Assistant Director – Academic and Research Services, the Open Research Development Librarian is responsible for the management, development and delivery of the Library’s services in open research publishing and research visibility development. This includes the management of the Library Open Research team, which consists of a Co-ordinator and Student Journal Editor. The post leads on three key services areas, and priorities of the Library Supporting Strategy: 1) building the knowledge, skills and digital capabilities of staff and students in open research publishing across the University; 2) the development of Library-led open publishing initiatives, linked to the needs of education and research; and 3) the improvement of research output visibility, linked to citations. The post holder will be a member of both the Library Management Team and the Academic and Research Services Senior Team, managing and contributing to cross-service workstreams and projects. The post involves a high-level of collaboration, engagement, and partnership, with both internal and external stakeholders (including senior staff), to ensure that both the University and the Library are maximising the potential and opportunities of open research.”

Information Retention in the Multi-platform Sharing of Science

Abstract:  The public interest in accurate scientific communication, underscored by recent public health crises, highlights how content often loses critical pieces of information as it spreads online. However, multi-platform analyses of this phenomenon remain limited due to challenges in data collection. Collecting mentions of research tracked by Altmetric LLC, we examine information retention in the over 4 million online posts referencing 9,765 of the most-mentioned scientific articles across blog sites, Facebook, news sites, Twitter, and Wikipedia. To do so, we present a burst-based framework for examining online discussions about science over time and across different platforms. To measure information retention we develop a keyword-based computational measure comparing an online post to the scientific article’s abstract. We evaluate our measure using ground truth data labeled by within field experts. We highlight three main findings: first, we find a strong tendency towards low levels of information retention, following a distinct trajectory of loss except when bursts of attention begin in social media. Second, platforms show significant differences in information retention. Third, sequences involving more platforms tend to be associated with higher information retention. These findings highlight a strong tendency towards information loss over time – posing a critical concern for researchers, policymakers, and citizens alike – but suggest that multi-platform discussions may improve information retention overall.


A call for volunteers: German, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish – DOAJ News Service

“DOAJ has a network of skilled, voluntary Associate Editors and Editors who spend a few hours a week processing new journal applications. Would you like to join us? We are now recruiting volunteers who understand German, Korean, Portuguese and Turkish. (You do not have to be a native speaker.) You must also be proficient in written and spoken English.

As a DOAJ volunteer, you will do a few hours of voluntary, unpaid work a week. You will receive training materials to help you carry out your duties. Your work will directly contribute to the quality, reputation, and prominence of open access scholarly publishing around the globe….”

Wolters Kluwer expands commitment to open science | Research Information

“To support the evolution of medical publishing toward higher velocity exchange of scientific findings, Wolters Kluwer, Health announced two key additions to the Lippincott® portfolio. The Lippincott Preprints, powered by Figshare, serves as a forum for sharing pre-review medical findings with the global medical community and the Lippincott Data Repository enables researchers to share data from their clinical experiments for greater transparency and deeper validation of findings.  …”

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A major publishing lawsuit would cement surveillance into the future o

“Amid the inflection point of library digitization, publishing corporations want to reduce and redefine the role that libraries play in our society. Their suit seeks to halt loans of legally purchased and scanned books, cementing a future of extortionate and opaque licensing agreements and Netflix-like platforms to replace library cards with credit cards. If successful, they will erode the public’s last great venue to access information free from corporate or government surveillance. This dire threat to the privacy and safety of readers has gone largely unnoticed….”

US faculty members support open-access publishing in broad survey

“A survey of more than 7,600 US faculty members found strong support for open-access (OA) models of publication, especially among younger respondents. At the same time, faculty members deciding where to submit a paper for publication are losing interest in journal impact factors, which reflect the average number of citations.

The survey, conducted by the New York City-based research firm Ithaka S+R, took place in late 2021. The results were published on 14 July.

OA publishing makes scientific literature freely available in perpetuity for all readers. Some research has found that OA scientific articles are more widely read and receive more citations than those published under a standard subscription model….

In the Ithaka S+R survey, 63% of respondents agreed with the statement: “I would be happy to see the traditional subscription-based model replaced entirely with an open access publication system in which all scholarly research outputs would be freely available to the public.” That proportion is essentially unchanged since 2018, the last time the triennial survey was conducted, but is six percentage points higher than in 2015….”