OpenUP Conference: Save the date!

If you are interested in how Open Science is revolutionizing the way
scholarly artefacts are created, published and evaluated,
for the upcoming OpenUP conference:

‘Opening Up the Research Life Cycle: Innovative Methods for Open Science’
Review | Disseminate | Assess

on the
5th and 6th of September 2018, Academy Palace, Brussels

Registration will soon open for this event

Open to researchers, funders, research institutions and policymakers from across Europe, the event will foster interaction and exchange in the context of Open Science.

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Meet OpenUP’s Pilot Studies

In May this year our pilot studies started. After a half year we concluded the first implementation phase and published our interim results report. In this post we want to present you the seven pilot studies more in detail.
In May this year, our pilot studies started. After a half year, we concluded the first implementation phase and published our interim results report. In this post, we want to present you the seven pilot studies more in detail. The first pilot study (Pilot No 1) tests an open peer review workflow in a conference setting. For this purpose, we adapted and are currently evaluating an existing conference management system (CMS) that includes features such as:

  • open report: the review report is published alongside the publication,
  • open identity: authors and/or reviewers are aware of each other’s identity, or
  • open pre-review: early versions of material are public before the review.

The adapted CMS tool has been already applied in a conference. A second test will be done at another conference next year. The adapted open source solution is available on GitHub. Through the increased transparency the review process will set new quality standards.

Pilot study number two (Pilot No 2) investigates the applicability of (open) peer review to research data in disciplines related to Social Sciences. In a first phase, we analysed current dataset management and diffusion practices in this field. In a second phase, we will conduct interviews and a survey taking into account both perspectives by data providers/journal publishers and data users. The aim is to identify best practices of data repositories and attitudes of data users. OpenUP will test pre-publication and post-publication criteria and capture trends and needs to be addressed in the Social sciences to improve data evaluation.

The goal of the pilot study number three (Pilot No 3) is to define a framework for a data journal in the Humanities and to provide a related action plan. The pilot investigates how quality assessment and (open) peer review can be applied to research data in the Humanities. In a first phase, current practices and requirements of the Humanities data community have been analysed, and the Humanities data field mapped based on existing research. In a second phase, these insights will be complemented by additional interviews with stakeholders from the research community. OpenUP will identify best practices in sharing and publishing data in arts and humanities, and develop practical guidance for researchers for every step of the data publishing process.

The fourth OpenUP pilot study (Pilot No 4) investigates whether qualitative research, in particular data analysis and data collection, can be transferred to open online groups. In a first step, we adapted an existing open online research software prototype, which enables collaborative online data analysis and collection. The technology enables citizens from most diverse backgrounds to participate in data collection and analysis in qualitative research. In a second step, it is foreseen to engage citizens through a Massive Open Online Research (MOOR) course. Through this collaborative research environment, OpenUP seeks to engage citizens in open research.

Pilot study number five (Pilot No 5) analyses and tests how disseminated research results can be made more interesting, appealing, and usable for business and general public target audiences. In a first step, we created recommendations and guidelines for reaching out to these audiences. In a second step, the guidelines will be applied and tested by a smart city project.

The goal of the sixth pilot study (Pilot No 6) is to analyse how much the use of new dissemination practices and channels(such as blogs or social media) depends on established cultures of appreciation that reward usage of these channels. To achieve this we engaged with two research communities to analyse their use of social media tools and Altmetrics. Stakeholders of both communities have been involved in interviews and meetings. In the next phase, they will be asked to report their social media and Altmetrics activities on a regular basis. The goal is to create a community profile on Altmetrics and evaluate the applicability of Altmetrics in this specific context.

Finally, Pilot Study No 7 conducts a quantitative, statistical and econometric analysis of large-scale datasets on the supply of and demand for scholarly works on various illegal platforms (e.g. Sci-Hub, Library Genesis). The pilot will model which works-specific factors may explain the availability and illegal demand for individual works (e.g. price, legal availability). In a first phase datasets from piratical access providers have been enriched and an online service enabling real-time exploration of illegally downloaded books has been developed. In the next phase, the data will be analysed using advanced statistical modeling methods and geospatial models to explain the impact of legal (un)availability of scientific works. The results will shed light on any potential failures or shortcomings on the legal access channels (markets and libraries) that drive people to use the black markets.

OpenUP Hub goes beta!

OpenUPhub_logo_w406_h120OpenUP Hub is an open, dynamic and collaborative knowledge environment that systematically captures, organizes and categorizes information relevant to the review-dissemination-assessment phases of the research lifecycle through the prism of Open Science.


Up-to-date information on open peer review, innovative dissemination and altmetrics.

Explore research outcomes, best practices, tools and guidelines about opening up the review-dissemination-assessment phases of the research lifecycle and practices to support the transition to a more open and gender sensitive research environment.





Are you a researcher or a funder? Do you want to promote Open Science and gender equality? Are you looking for possibilities to promote your work or for work that it is worth to be published? Check out our personas who will guide you through the Hub.


Are you an Open Science advocate and you want to share your ideas? What does the community say about open peer review and gender equality? What future events related to innovative science communication or Altmetrics exist? Do you have questions on Open Science? OpenUP Hub is the meeting point where new ideas and beliefs are expressed. Join the OpenUP Hub community and take actively part in shaping the future of Open Science. Share your ideas, connect with other community members, sense the community pulse and find out what’s new in open peer review, innovative dissemination and altmetrics.

OpenUP Hub content is enriched and shaped by its members!



As OpenUP Hub runs beta, we are interested in hearing your opinion! Send us your suggestions at


The OpenUP Hub was launched under the efforts of H2020 project OpenUP. Stay tuned for more updates by following our activity in social media:

Twitter: @ProjectOpenUP

Facebook: /ProjectOpenup

Join us for the Open Peer Review webinar!

Webinar Title: Open Peer Review: Models, Attitudes and Next Steps – a webinar from OpenUP and OpenAIRE

New models of open peer review (OPR) are emerging that open up traditional, closed processes, making them more transparent, collaborative and/or network-based. This webinar will describe recent work conducted by the OpenAIRE and OpenUP projects to define models of OPR, gauge stakeholder attitudes and lay out a roadmap for future OPR implementation. It will focus on how OPR can potentially strengthen research evaluation, describing how alternative peer review tools and methods could better shape scholarly communication and how they contribute to the strengthening Open Science agenda. Specific issues included in the presentations are the variety of models; barriers/drivers for moving OPR mainstream; attitudes to OPR (what reviewers, authors and editors actually want); how to motivate and credit review work; technical infrastructure and platforms; and the next steps for researching the efficacy of different OPR models. The webinar will be of interest to all who with an interest in how research evaluation can better meet the aims of Open Science.

Time: 12.00 CEST September 15, Friday


Open Science Fair 2017

1st International Scientific Conference on Open Science

6-8 September 2017

Athens, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The 1st International Scientific Conference on Open Science entitled “Open Science Fair 2017” is going to be held on 6-8 September 2017 in Athens, at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. OSFair2017 addresses the Open Science movement and offers a unique platform for researchers, policy makers, funders,  and experts from research institutes, libraries and research start-ups to discuss, share ideas and showcase their practical experiences.

Open Science represents a new approach to the scientific process, based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and new collaborative tools. However, the transition to this new model includes various challenges and issues to be tackled. In this light, the OSFair2017 seeks to underline what is considered essential for the transition to Open Science: e-Infrastructures and services, policy-based good practices, new types of activities (dissemination of results, extraction, evaluation, etc.), roles of the major players and networks involved. The ultimate goal is to highlight all different approaches and create a roadmap for the implementation of key aspects of Open Science.

The conference will be kicked off with a welcoming word of the Minister of Education, Kostas Gavroglou, and of a senior member of the European Commission. Key scientists, policy makers and research stakeholders from around the world, as well as representatives from Greek Public Administration, will attend the conference. The program includes, among others, the keynote speeches of Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA, and John Ioannidis from Stanford University, USA.

OSF2017 plenaries will unfold topics related to the impact of Οpen Science in research and society, while presenting key initiatives in the area. The list of presenters and speakers includes the names of Jon Tennant, Communications Director for ScienceOpen and Ahmed Oluwagbemi Ogunlaja, founder of the advocacy organization Open Access Nigeria. The conference will be opened with the speeches of the President of the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center and Professor at the University of Athens, Yannis Ioannidis, and the General Director of the National Library of Greece, Philippos Tsimpoglou.

This first conference is organized jointly by four EU funded consortia in the area of Open Science: OpenAIRE, OpenUP, FOSTER and OpenMinTeD,  who share the vision of a science that is free of accessibility and information barriers and is an enabler of social innovation. It is partly supported by the EOSC pilot project, which aims to build a seamless open research environment for Europe.

For more information and registrations, we invite you to take a look at the Open Science Fair 2017 website: and to keep track of all the latest updates on Twitter: @osfair2017.


Join us for the Open Science Fair 2017

Share your ideas for opening up Science!

Open Science Fair 2017 (OSFair2017) is having its first opening international conference in Athens, Greece, 6-8 September 2017.

OSFair2017 will critically showcase the elements required for the transition to Open Science: e-infrastructures and services, policies as guidance for good practices, research flows, new types of activities (disseminate, mine, review, assess, etc.), the roles of the respective actors and their networks.


Join us September 6–8 for three days of expert talks, roundtable discussions, workshops,  hands-on training and a poster session. Follow the links to get all details about the event and find out how to be part of it:


The conference will be held in the recently built Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center,  where the National Library of Greece is housed. Registrations are open!

Announcing the Open Science Fair 2017

Save the date! Make your voices heard for opening up Science.

Open Science Fair 2017 (OSFair2017) is having its first opening international conference in Athens, Greece, 6-8 September 2017.

In the spirit on Open Science, OSFair2017 will bring together all different stakeholders: policy makers, funders, publishers and content providers, research infrastructures/communities, researchers, libraries, institutions and innovators, aiming to bring change towards a more open and sustainable scenery.

OSFair2017 is a three-day conference that will include keynotes by experts from the area of Open Science, roundtable discussions, workshops, hands-on and training sessions. It will actively engage with the elements required for the transition to Open Science: e-infrastructures and services, policies as guidance for good practices, research flows and new types of activities (disseminate, mine, review, assess, etc.).


OSFair2017 is organized jointly by four EU funded projects in the area of Open Science. The OpenAIRE, OpenUP, FOSTER and OpenMinTeD projects share the vision of a science that is free of accessibility and information barriers and is an enabler of social innovation. It is partly supported by the EOSCpilot project which aims to secure and support an open research environment for Europe.