Open science and scholarly publishing practices by Daphne Duin
3rd meeting on Scientific Publishing in NHIs
7-8 October, 2010, Copenhagen
scholarly publishing practices
notes Daphne Duin
“Open Science” encompasses the ideals of transparent
working practices across all of the (life) science domains,
to share and further scientific knowledge.
It can also be thought of to include the complete and
persistent access to the original data from which
knowledge and conclusions have been extracted. From the
initial observations recorded in a lab-book to the peer-
reviewed conclusions of a journal article”.
Based on Frank Gibson In: Lyon, L. (2009). Open Science at Webscale:
Optimising Participation Predicative Potential. JISC report
Umbrella term covering:
1. Increased return on investment of public funds allocated to
science and research through making data outputs openly available
2. Faster dissemination of research outputs including
methodologies, data, models and scientific outcomes.
3. Greater academic rigour, robustness and scholarly integrity from
transparent data practices.
4. Higher potential for new discoveries and new knowledge arising
from data re-use contributing to growth in economic and intellectual
5. Accelerated ability to predict scientific outcomes and
behaviours based on large scale open data analysis, shared
complex models and simulations.
6. Efficiency gains from open research practice leading to
reduced unnecessary repetition of research activity and
associated wasteful funding allocations.
7. Enhanced opportunities for student learning from open
sharing of experimental methods and results data.
8. Increased human capacity and capability from professionals,
amateurs, volunteers and citizens to assist in collecting, curating
and preserving the growing scientific record.
9. Enhanced public engagement and understanding of
science principles and practice through raised awareness, pro-
active participation and direct contribution to research.
10. Significant wider societal gains through more inclusive and
participatory approaches which facilitate public empowerment and
ownership of global challenges.
Open Science & publishing
Impact at different levels
Impact on organizing publishing workflow and publication
► Real time Open Science publications (lab-note
books) vs peer reviewed (journal) publications
► Publishing model focused on peer-reviewed articles
► Intellectual Property
► Ethical dilemmas
Open Science & publishing
What can we offer?
Alternative publication metrics
Alternative publishing platforms such as Scratchpads
Gezelter, J.D. Open Science and Verifiability
Lyon, L. (2009). Open Science at Webscale: Optimising
Participation,Predicative Potential. JISC report
Science Careers: Scientists Embrace Openness
Frank Gibson, Do scientists really believe in open science?