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!



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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.

What do reviewers think about the established peer review system?

OpenUP ran a survey to capture current perceptions and practices in peer review, dissemination of research results and impact measurement among European researchers from different disciplines and all career stages. The survey invitations were sent to a random sample of researchers who deposit their publications on arXiv, Pubmed and RePEc. This ensured that the researchers who participated in the survey had produced at least one publication as a main author, as a result of which they had at least some direct experience in the areas covered by the survey. The survey consisted of four sections. The first section asked a series of questions on the respondents’ scientific discipline, career stage, gender and other characteristics. The following three sections asked questions on peer review practices, dissemination of research results and impact measurement/use of altmetrics. We received almost 1000 completed responses.

In this post, we present researchers´ experiences as reviewers under the established peer review system. The results showed that the overall satisfaction with the established reviewing process is rather low. Only a fraction of reviewers felt that their review work is being explicitly acknowledged in their organisation or that it benefits their career development! Around 20% and 30% respectively ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘rather agreed’ with these statements. In addition, around half of the researchers agreed that their incentives to work as reviewers would increase if their work was  awarded or if the process became more collaborative with authors, editors and/or publishers. Revealing reviewer’s identity was viewed as an incentive to work as a reviewer by a quarter of respondents.

Do you want learn more about what do researchers think on peer review methods? Stay tuned for more updates!

Introduction of OpenUP’s Pilot Studies

In context of OpenUP’s 6th Work Package, seven pilot studies will be kicked off this year. The aim of the pilot studies is to test and evaluate selected innovative peer review, dissemination, and impact measuring approaches applied to specific research areas and communities. To achieve this, the OpenUP team will involve seven research communities from arts & humanities, social sciences, energy, and life sciences. The pilot studies will be implemented in close collaboration with the research communities. Together with the communities, the OpenUP team will apply and test technical and processual solutions identified. The goal is to evaluate the tested methods applied to the specific settings and research communities and to identify working practices, developing standards, and remaining gaps.

The pilot studies have been designed to cover as many areas and application contexts as possible within the restricted scope of the project. They follow a similar structure and common criteria but operate rather independently and individually from each other. The seven pilots are attributed to three Use Cases, which correspond to the OpenUP pillars.


The results of the pilots will be evaluated individually. The insights gained from the evaluation of the pilots will feed back to the framework studies produced by the Work Packages 3, 4, and 5, and provide useful input for the policy recommendations produced in Work Package 7. Beyond that, the OpenUP use cases and pilots strive to produce success stories and best/good practices that can further support other communities to apply new Open Science methods. First interim results will be provided in November 2017. The final evaluation report will be released in July 2018.

More information about the individual OpenUP pilot studies will be provided soon. Stay tuned!

Moving research beyond academic venues

OpenUP explores innovative ways of research dissemination

game-1821015_640Open Access and Open Scholarship have revolutionised the way scholarly artefacts are evaluated and published, while the introduction of new technologies and media in scientific workflows have changed the “how and to whom” science is communicated, and how stakeholders interact with the scientific community.

OpenUP aims to explore innovative ways of disseminating research outputs beyond traditional academic dissemination. Such ways include the dissemination of research results in traditional media (e.g. newspapers, TV), social media (e.g. via blogging), or museums, using text, images, videos, games, comics and other media formats.

Why investigating? Why using innovative ways of dissemination?

  1. These dissemination media and methods can support researchers in influencing their research impact,
  2. they can help spreading scientific results to a wider audience (e.g. the industry, policy makers, specialists outside the research community, journalists, the general public) and
  3. using interactive Web tools for dissemination would make transparent how research outputs are reflected in non-research communities and the general public, which can deliver further impact evidence relevant for researchers, funders and other stakeholders.

Stay tuned as OpenUP is working on a comprehensive framework to support researchers to disseminate their work!

Open Data – Open Science – OpenUP

OpenUPSaturday 4 March is the 2017 Open Data Day! The use of Open data is an integral element of Open Science. The OpenUP project invites you to explore key aspects and challenges of the currently transforming science landscape. OpenUP aspires to come up with a cohesive framework for the review-disseminate-assess phases of the research life cycle that is fit to support and promote Open Science. Did you know that the idea of “open science” came on scene, for the first time, in the late 16th and early 17th century? However, at the present we are experiencing a more radical reorganization of science and research lifecycle, as societies produce amounts of knowledge unknown in previous periods of human history. We need new ways to evaluate and publish scholarly artefacts and these have been provided by Open Access and Open Scholarship. In parallel, the introduction of new technologies and media in scientific workflows has changed the “how and to whom” science is communicated, and how stakeholders interact with the scientific community.

The EU funded project OpenUP addresses key aspects and challenges of the currently transforming science landscape and aspires to come up with a cohesive framework for the review-disseminate-assess phases of the research life cycle that is fit to support and promote Open Science. Its main objectives are to:

  1. identify and determine ground-breaking mechanisms, processes and tools for peer-review for all types of research results (publications, data, software),
  2. explore, identify and classify innovative dissemination mechanisms with an outreach aim towards businesses and industry, education, and society as a whole, and
  3. analyse a set of novel indicators that assess the impact of research results and correlate them of channels of dissemination.

OpenUP does so by following a user-centred, evidence-based approach, engaging all stakeholders (researchers, publishers, funders, institutions, industry, public) in an open dialogue through a series of workshops, conferences and training, and validating all interim results via a set of seven pilots involving communities from four research disciplines: life sciences, social sciences, arts & humanities, energy. The project will finally produce a set of concrete, practical, validated policy recommendations & guidelines for national and European stakeholders, including EU institutions, a valuable tool in advancing a more open and gender-sensitive science system. OpenUP partners bring expertise and capacity for evaluating and promoting new approaches in support of open science with decade-long experiences in establishing OA e-Infrastructures, excellent skills and innovative approaches for dissemination, impact indicators and policy design and implementation.

The establishment of the Altmetrics term


‘Altmetrics’ has become an increasingly relevant concept both in the context of scientific and scholarly communication, but also in the realm of research evaluation. ‘Altmetrics’ – alternative metrics – are non-traditional metrics proposed either as a completely different or in some cases a complementary solution to more traditional citation based impact metrics of research, such as impact factor and h-index. But how and when did the term emerge?

Altmetrics has had some predecessor in the early days of the internet. In the late 90s and early 00s, there have already been some attempts to introduce new measures and motivations to utilize the web as a source for analysis and monitoring of scholarly activity. But it was not until 2010, when the term ‘Altmetrics’ has been introduced by the information scientist Jason Priem, by claiming that he would prefer the term over other terms since it implies ‘a diversity of measures (of scholarly communication)’. Priem was particularly concerned with how the internet could not only transform measures but scholarly communication as a whole.

Shortly after he coined the term in 2010, Priem together with his colleagues published a manifesto in which an understanding of Altmetrics has been proposed which expressed his understanding of web based scholarly communication and influenced the Altmetrics community sustainably: “That dog-eared (but uncited) article that used to live in a shelf now lives in Mendeley, CiteUlike, or Zotero – where we can see and count it. That hallway conversation about a recent finding has moved to blogs and social networks – now, we can listen in (…). This diverse group of activities forms a composite trace of impact far richer than any available before. We call the elements of this trace Altmetrics”, to cite Priem.

Since 2010, the literature on Altmetrics has grown enormously and the term has been adopted by many different scientific and non-scientific communities. Starting in open access journals such as PloS One and PloS Biology, the topic has soon been taken up by the informetric and scientometric community. In addition, we observe that after 2010 there is a surge of scientific articles, which covers approximately the 82% of all articles related to Altmetrics being published since 1990! Given its heterogeneity, the Altmetrics narrative has also flourished among different policy and scientific communities, among which bibliometrics, information science, science communication, and library science are most important. In recent years, a number of Altmetrics providers appeared (such as Impactstory 2011, 2011, and Plum Analytics 2011), which have been influencing this movement significantly.

Are you interested in further reading? You can find our full report here!


Picture: The original logotype from the Altmetrics Manifesto