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Open for you! A series of webinars to discover open science

For the third year, the 4EU+ Alliance offers a series of webinars to discover various aspects of open science. As the movement for open access to publications is reshaping the academic world, the need for transparency, reproducibility and collaboration fosters the development of a wider set of practices: open peer review, FAIR and open data, open software, citizen science... Most sessions will include a presentation and a flash interview with some operator or expert of a specific area of open science.

This inaugural session offers to introduce the public to the challenges of Open Science with particular emphasis on its relations with the issues of research integrity. The presentation will be followed by an interview with Stéphanie Ruphy, professor of philosophy of science and head of the French Office for Research Integrity.

Date and time : Thursday 18th January 2024 ,  2:00-3:30 pm

Open access began with preprints in the 1990s. Today, preprints remain a popular means of disseminating scientific results in certain disciplines. It also makes it possible to experiment with new ways of carrying out peer review and to build new publication models. The presentation will be followed by an interview with Daniela Saderi, neuroscientist, co-founder and director at PREreview.

Date and time  : Thursday 15th February 2024, 4:00-5:30 pm

Once an author's manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author signs a publishing agreement. What are the points to bear in mind? What are the author's rights? How can they be preserved once the manuscript has been published? This online workshop offers participants to analyze publishing agreements in small groups.

Date and time: Thursday 21st March 2024, 2:00-4:00 PM

Diamond Open Access consists in publishing in journals which do not require for the reader to pay to read nor for the authors to pay to publish. In this session, we will provide a short introduction to Diamond OA and interview two specialists: Jean-Sébastien Caux, founder of SciPost, and Katharina Böhmer, from the editorial team of 21st Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual.

Date and time : Monday 8th April, 2024, 2:00-3:30 PM


 In this presentation, we will talk first about the phenomenon of predatory publishers; we will present the characteristics of their dishonest and often illegal business model and show some schemes of recognizing and avoiding publishing at predators. Then, we will discuss a new emerging challenge for scholarly publishing that is the identity fraud of scientific journals (described as hijacked journals). Those two phenomena might endanger the integrity of scholarly communication by violating the reliability of scholarly publications and hence, deform the image of science and badly influence your research career. Join us to equip yourself with a knowledge shield that will protect you against scammers!

Date and time :  Wednesday 17th April 2024, 2:30-4:00 PM

The goal of this workshop is to help you search literature in an open environment. The trainers will present different search tools and show you how to use them. The workshop includes practice time to allow you to search open access literature in your field.

Date an time : Wednesday 15th May , 2024, 2:30-4:00 PM

 Researchers in cultural studies disciplines and cultural institutions are increasingly confronted with the need to sustainably secure their digital research data. In this presentation, we will outline different approaches that have been developed in order to provide scholars with an infrastructure and sustainable support throughout the data life circle. We will present different solutions and examples on how open and FAIR research data is being managed in the humanities. This session includes a flash interview with Pr Laura Pinnavaia (UNIMI) and Martina Amalia Guzzetti, PhD student (UNIMI) about data management plan for PhD research.

Date and time : Wednesday 29th May 2024, 2:00-3:30 PM

 In recent years, the so-called FAIR principles have become the gold standard for research data and are now at the core of policies from universities, funders and publishers. In this session, we will present how to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) that will help to make research data FAIR – that means Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. We will present examples from the natural, technical and life sciences. This session includes a flash interview with Federico Zambelli, associate professor in molecular biology (UNIMI), member of Elixir.

Date and time :  Thursday 13th June 2024, 2:00-3:30 PM

Software source code contains a growing part of the scientific and technical knowledge developed in the research activities, in all fields. It is essential to disseminate and archive this knowledge. This session will include a training session and an interview with Pr. Anna-Lena Lamprecht, Chair of Software Engineering, University of Potsdam

Date and time :  Wednesday 19th June 2024, 3:00-4:30 PM

Citizen science includes different research practices conducted with non-researcher citizen. It makes part of the ppen science movement as a way to bring research processes closer to society by citizen participation. This session will cover different types of citizen science practices. This webinar is hosted by Laure Turcati, PhD, research engineer in citizen science (Sorbonne University).

Date and time : Monday 1st July 2024,  2:00-3:30 PM

Many university professionnals have analysed that research evaluation had to change if one expects researchers to adopt open science practices. This presentation will account for research evaluation evolution and portray the challenges it has to face in the next few years. This session includes a flash interview with Drs. Jeroen Bosman, Subject librarian in Geosciences and expert in Open Science (Utrecht University).

Date and time : Tuesday 16th July 2024, 2:00-3:30 PM