Open Science Newsletter, June 2021
Call for submissions: Open Research Award
Researchers and students can now submit case studies for the 2nd edition of the Open Research Award. Submissions should reflect on the successful or challenging use of 'open' practices throughout the research cycle. All eligible submissions will be put in the spotlight and three entries will be randomly drawn to win 500 euros each and present their research as lightning talks during the Celebrating Openness event on 28 October 2021.
> Submit your application
Save the date: Celebrating openness on 28 October
The event aims to promote and celebrate accessible, transparent and reproducible research practices.

The programme will feature:
  • Keynotes about Open Science in the Humanities by Marcel Knöchelmann (University College London) and Dr. Natalie Harrower (Digital Repository of Ireland)
  • Lighting talks about inspiring open research case studies from UG/UMCG researchers
  • A panel discussion about recognizing and rewarding open research practices
The full programme will be published soon. Registration is already open. 
Open Science in Horizon Europe
Open Science is the modus operandi of Horizon Europe and is embedded throughout the programme, from the proposal stage to project reporting. The Model Grant Agreement (pp. 108-110) provides guidance on how to comply with the open science obligations. The Programme Guide (pp. 38-54) provides information on how to incorporate OS practices in the proposal preparation. > Open Science in Horizon Europe slides 

To help beneficiaries comply with their open access requirements, the European Commission launched its own open access publishing platform: Open Research Europe. > Read more
Share your openly licensed materials
Did you know that you can share your openly licensed materials as educational resources via the NL-specific repository and search engine edusources? Think of scholarly articles, course syllabi, lecture slides and case studies with an open license. Send your open materials to and we will upload them for you. 
Rising uptake of open access at the UG/UMCG
In 2020, 69% of UG/UMCG peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings were open access - including gold (25%), hybrid (32%) and green (12%) open access. The share of open access publications rose from 64% in 2019, 55% in 2018, 51% in 2017 and 37% in 2016.
> Read more
Open Access Books Toolkit
Would you like to learn more about open access book publishing? The Open Access Books Toolkit offers a quick introduction to different aspects of open access book publishing and features useful links and resources. > Read more
Springer Nature OA deal: approaching annual quota 
We expect to reach the annual national quota of 2,080 publications in Springer Nature journals around September/October 2021. This means that the open access deal will be temporarily suspended. During this suspension UG/UMCG publications will no longer be eligible for free open access publication. > Read more 
Did you know that ..
  • Pure enables you to track your Open Science activities, as it automatically imports your press/media items and the metadata of your registered datasets? > Read more 
  • Persistent identifiers (such as ORCID iD) will become part of the funding process of NWO? Persistent identifiers are an essential part of scholarly communication and a prerequisite for Open Science and FAIR data.
    > Read more 
  • PLOS launches 5 new journals? The five new journals focus on water, climate, sustainability, global public health and digital health.
    > Read more
New in our Open Science Blog
> UG/UMCG authors falling prey to fraudulent/predatory publishing practices
> Recap: Open Science Workshop during Grants Week
> Interview with Alma Erenstein, Funding Officer (Faculty of Law)
> Open Access Publication in the Spotlight 
Third journal of University of Groningen Press included in DOAJ
Since May 2021, Journal of Virtual Exchange (JVE) has been included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). This makes JVE the third journal published by the University of Groningen Press that meets the strict requirements of the DOAJ. 
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Check the Journal Browser to find out which journals offer open access publication and which discounts apply for UG and UMCG researchers. 

Read the new open access procedural regulations for short academic works by UG/UMCG staff members:
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