Open Science Newsletter, February 2020

Open science can enhance research quality and collaboration

“Whenever I make something open – be it my data or methodology – I am always a bit nervous before I click the button. It’s normal. This is due to the culture that prevails in academia whereby, as a researcher, you think you are not allowed to make mistakes.”

Dr Ineke Wessel, associate professor Experimental Psychopathology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. > Read the interview 
Symposium: Open access book publishing in the humanities
On 23 March, the symposium "Rethinking monographs: academic book publishing and open access" brings together researchers, funders and publishers to reflect on the status of academic book publishing and to discuss the challenges of implementing open access in the humanities and social sciences. The event is organized by the UB in cooperation with the Open Science Community Groningen. > Programme and registration
NWO updates its data management protocol 
As of 1 January 2020 NWO updated its data management protocol and introduced a new data management plan template, reinforcing its longstanding commitment to open science. > Read more
Wanted: open science enthusiasts
Do you want to make research more accessible and reproducible through open science practices, or would you like to learn how? The Open Science Community Groningen, founded by UG researchers, provides advice and training and wants to connect with you! > Read more 
University of Groningen Press (UGP): Did you know that ...
... European Journal of Life Writing is the first UGP journal to be included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a database of high-quality peer-reviewed open access journals? 
... UGP published its first popular science book Cultuur² Cultuuronderwijs in het VO by Barend van Heusden, as part of a pilot for printed books?
... UGP supports UG editors and authors? Read the interview with UGP's publishing consultant Margreet Nieborg. 
Open access agreements and sponsorships
The UG has reached new transformative agreements with Brill, Elsevier, De Gruyter, IOP Publishing, IOS Press and Biochemical Society (Portland Press). The number of Oxford University Press journals where UG researchers can publish open access at no extra cost has been expanded. In addition, the UG renewed its institutional publishing plan with PeerJ and became a sponsoring member of two diamond open access initiatives: SciPost and Punctum Books
National Open Science Festival: call for proposals
The first edition of the National Open Science Festival will take place on 27 August 2020 in Wageningen. Calls for proposals are open. The organizers are looking for proposals for sessions, candidates for the open science awards, presentations about projects and consortia or organizations for the lunch marketplace. The deadline for proposals is 10 March. > Read more
Sharing publications via the university repository is given an extra boost
Dutch universities decided to permanently continue the successful pilot "You Share, We Take Care" implementing Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act (Taverne Amendment). More than 600 researchers took part in the pilot in 2019 and more than 2,800 publications were made available open access via the universities' repositories. > Read more
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