The first event of the new season (30th September at 14hrs) will be dedicated to the recent developments around the rewards and recognition system in the context of Open Science.
Abstract: Many scholars aim to make the next step in their academic career. The decision about hiring, promotion, and tenure is often based on quantitative metrics, such as the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and h-index. Such citation-based indices are perceived by many as concrete and clear evaluation criteria. Still, the Utrecht University abandoned the JIF and would like to focus more on Open Science-based evaluation frameworks, such as the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA). But what is wrong with using citations as an evaluation criterion? What are the limitations of the JIF and h-index that make some universities refrain from these metrics? In this talk, I would like to overview the limitations quantitative metrics have and what the alternatives are. Also, I would like to pay attention to the discussion between proponents and opponents that followed Utrecht’s decision. As always, for the second part of the event, the floor will be yours. What is your opinion? Can you imagine that your department or university makes a similar move?
I am looking forward to an interesting discussion.
Spread the word, see you in the kitchen!
The Network of Open Science Communities (INOSC) of which we are part of published a paper "Towards wide-scale adoption of open science practices: The role of open science communities"
Abstract: Despite the increasing availability of Open Science (OS) infrastructure and the rise in policies to change behaviour, OS practices are not yet the norm. While pioneering researchers are developing OS practices, the majority sticks to status quo. To transition to common practice, we must engage a critical proportion of the academic community. In this transition, OS Communities (OSCs) play a key role. OSCs are bottom-up learning groups of scholars that discuss OS within and across disciplines. They make OS knowledge more accessible and facilitate communication among scholars and policymakers. Over the past two years, eleven OSCs were founded at several Dutch university cities. In other countries, similar OSCs are starting up. In this article, we discuss the pivotal role OSCs play in the large-scale transition to OS. We emphasize that, despite the grassroot character of OSCs, support from universities is critical for OSCs to be viable, effective, and sustainable.
Open Science (OS) is on the rise and will change the research landscape in the next years. Many initiatives have the goal to make the entire research process more transparent and re-usable to increase the benefit of research for society. The University of Twente (UT) took note of these developments. Consequently, OS plays a key role in Shaping2030, UT's mission, vision, and strategy for 2020-2030. But don't worry, you'll never walk alone. The Open Science Community Twente is ready to help to make our research more reproducible and accessible at all stages of the research cycle, from planning to publishing and beyond.
We are the Open Science Community Twente, an inter-disciplinary, bottom-up community to promote, learn, share, and discuss OS practices, such as
- Open Access publishing and Preprints
- Open Data, Open Code, and Open Source Software
- Preregistration of scientific studies
- Reproducibility and Replicability
- Open Peer Review
- Rewards and incentives
- Citizen science
- Open Education
- Diversity of knowledge
- OS infrastructures
Together with the other OSCs in Europe, we aim at making OS the new norm.
image credit: Anita Eerland
Our overarching goal is to assist UT in accomplishing the transition towards OS. To facilitate the broader adoption of OS practices, we
- make OS more visible and accessible within and outside UT,
- organize events, seminars, and workshops,
- facilitate knowledge exchange amongst peers,
- support member initiatives focussed on OS, and
- connect with international OS communities.
Although our main target groups are researchers, Ph.D. candidates, and students from UT and Saxion University, the community is not built for researchers only. We welcome everyone who is involved, for example, in policies or teaching, and would like to get started with OS or bring the existing knowledge to the next level. If you are interested in OS and looking for information, this is the place to be! The OSCT provides a space where people interested in OS can come together to
- ask questions,
- look for support,
- share (positive and negative) experiences,
- acquire skills to make their work more open,
- and connect with other enthusiasts.
So, don't hesitate to ask a question.
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You can't wait and would like to get involved? Why not become a member just right now? No matter if you have little or expert knowledge about OS, just come with an open mind and be curious about the broad spectrum of OS topics.