Blogs selected for Week June 29 to July 5, 2020 -



1. Guest post — Leveraging technology partnerships in times of crisis

The Scholarly Kitchen has taken a leadership role in the midst of the pandemic, with mainstream media coverage and unprecedented layperson attention. Issues of frequent discussion like open access, peer review, data availability, and discovery have reached a new intensity as researchers and publishers race to compile resources, suspend paywalls, and get critical research into the hands of as many as possible to address the global pandemic and economic downturn. The real test of abilities to translate the efforts into tangible action often lies not with the hardworking and mission-driven individuals working in the industry, but with existing systems, processes, tools, and teams, making technology partnership choices a vital part of our adaptability.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. Viewpoint: Covid-19 shows that scientific journals need to open up

One big change brought on by Covid-19 is that virtually all the scientific research being produced about it is free to read. Anyone can access the many preliminary findings that scholars are posting on ‘preprint servers.’ Data are shared openly via a multitude of different channels. Scientific journals that normally keep their articles behind formidable paywalls have been making an exception for new research about the virus, as well as much (if not all) older work relevant to it. The transition from a mostly closed system of scientific communication to a mostly open one will not be straightforward. Popular accounts often depict the move to open access as a simple toppling of a few for-profit publishers.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Making data FAIR – What information managers can bring to the table

The Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, Reusability (FAIR) guiding principles, first articulated in a Scientific Data article in March 2016 are designed to make data both machine- and human-actionable. Information managers bring a unique set of skills to the organisation with their understanding of what information sources and tools are available, how information flows within the organisation, and how various user groups acquire, use, and store information. They can have important consultative roles to play in every aspect of creating and maintaining FAIR data and workflows, outlined as: findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. The UK National PID Consortium: A pathway to increased adoption

As persistent identifier (PID) adoption has grown, there is increased awareness of the need for organisations, countries, and even regions to develop an overarching PID strategy. The recently released second version of the EOSC PID Policy (https://orcid.org/consortia) is a case in point. It recognises a wide range of PIDs and, among other things, it, ‘defines a set of expectations about what persistent identifiers will be used to support a functioning environment of FAIR research.’ It looks to a future where: PIDs can be used as the preferred method of referring to its assigned entity.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. Debunking bad COVID-19 research

Preprint servers play an increasingly important role in the scholarly publishing landscape. They are a popular platform for researchers to get early feedback on their research. They are also a space where researchers can publish research products and data sets not typically published in traditional journals. The process is fast -- publication of open-access research that anyone can read is immediate. To combat the downside of the open publication system, MIT Press and the Berkeley School of Public Health are launching a new COVID-19 journal, one that will peer review preprint articles getting a lot of attention -- elevating the good research and debunking the bad.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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