Student Initiative for
Open Science

November 2020 Newsletter


Hello and welcome back open science fans! 👋

Before discussing the open science news items and events for November... 
Are you new to open science? Or still unclear on what open science is?

If so, maybe check out this video overviewing what open science practices are, this TedxTalk on how open practices can improve science culture, or this overview of open access publishing!
Upcoming Events 
Improve Your Reproductive Workflow Using R
10 November 10.30-12.30

For our research to be reproducible - we need reproducible code! This means not only making your code accessible, but making it useable for other researchers. This workshop will demonstrate a workflow for reproducible data science with R, R Markdown, Git, and GitHub.

To learn more or register, click here

Data Conversations: Open Science, Team Science, Recognition, and Rewards at Vrije University 
26 November 13.00-14.00

Data Conversations at Vrije University is a repeating event where researchers from different faculties and disciplines discuss their experiences, failures, and setbacks with opening up data and methods. On 26 November, Trynke Hoekstra will review the Open Brain Laboratory Project and her experience with integrating open science practices and neuroscience.

To learn more or register, click here
RIOT Science Club
Weekly Seminars!

RIOT Science Club promotes Reproducible, Interpretable, Open, and Transparent (RIOT!) science and is hosting online seminars every Thursday. For example, on November 12th, Dr. Courtney Soderberg will show you how to use the Open Science Foundation platform to preregister your study and make open data/code/materials repositories. Then, on November 19th Dr. Jessica Flake will discuss how to avoid biased measurement practices. 

Here is the link to RIOT Club's events page and their twitter handle for more information! 

Monthly Open Science News
Has the COVID-19 pandemic helped to increase open science practices? 
An review in Research Information explores whether the pandemic has increase in data sharing. It appears as if there has been increased activity in repositories, but it may be too early to tell if there will be a long-term effect.

A new + comprehensive preregistration template,
The American Psychological Association, the German Society for Psychology, the British Psychological Society, the Center for Open Science, and the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information and Documentation have collaborated to create a comprehensive preregistration template for quantitative research in psychology.

Could Pokémon help fight illegitimate journals and misinformation?
Researchers insert Pokémon characters into their scientific papers, to see which journals are publishing without editing or peer review.

Want to start your own Open Science Community?
The International Network of Open Science Communities and Scholarships released their Open Science Community Started Kit based on models from European communities. 
Why open science should also coincide with improving academic/scientific culture!
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