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Student Initiative for 
Open Science 

March 2021 Newsletter

Happy 2nd Birthday SIOS!
To celebrate our 2 (billionth) birthday, team members Marla, Marie, and Lukas take us through every prehistoric era of SIOS! From its inception at the University of Amsterdiraptor to all the major events along the way. 
Check out the full blog post here!

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What makes a study credible?
Psychology edition. 
 
This month, team member Max created a guide to help you differentiate credible (and not-so-credible) psychology studies. 
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An example of how a study is only as good as its measurement tools. Make sure to check out the full blog post here!

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The SIOS Slack Channel
Do you have questions about open science? Like: How can you integrate open science into your thesis? or When should you share your data? If so, check out our Slack channel!
 
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The SIOS Youtube Channel
As students in the era of Zoom University, we understand that you probably spend most of your day reading. And when it comes to open science info, adding another article or blog post to your already stacked reading list might be a bit unappealing. To help, SIOS has started creating audio/video versions of our blog posts, so that you can easily access all of the up-to-date open science info.
 
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We Need Your Help!
We're revamping our logo, but need your help deciding on a design. If you are reading this newsletter on the day it comes out, make sure to cast your vote!
 
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Upcoming Open Science Events 
Weekly Seminars from RIOT Science Club 
Check out the schedule here!
This month, the RIOT science club is hosting online lectures covering everything from working with open-access neuroimaging datasets (on March 22) to how to use AccessLab (on March 11). 
Open Research Workshop
16 March 
The free workshop for researchers from the University of Surrey will cover how to integrate open science practices into every stage of the research process, from data management to publishing.
The Open Research Calendar is an open-source community tool where you can check out the latest open science events or let other researchers know when you are hosting an event. Check it out here!
New Resource!
This month, we've been listening to The Road to Open Science Podcast from researchers at Utrecht University. This podcasts covers everything from the basics of open science, to the practicalities and policies surrounding the integration of open science practices, to the history and philosophy of the open science movement. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, or Spotify!
Open Science News: Major Grant Opportunities for Open Science Researchers
by Lukas Gunschera
Horizon Europe is the world’s largest multinational research and innovation programme and has issued its first call for grant applications this month. The programme will distribute 95.5 billion euros over the next seven years (1). Similar to the predecessor Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe consists of several different funding schemes which include grants for individual fields, large collaborations, and issue-targeted funds such as areas of climate change, cancer, pollution, and food (2). While specific details and goals are yet to be determined, we show particular interest for the aspects pertaining to open research. 

According to the annex of the programme, “Horizon Europe will provide dedicated support for open access to scientific publications, to knowledge repositories and other data sources” (3). Several elements of the report signify these efforts and increased attention to open science, interdisciplinary research, and practical applications of research. Reasons for the shift include enhanced quality, efficiency, and responsiveness of research (45). Likewise, the current scheme was developed in collaboration with an expert group (6) and the Open Science Policy Platform (7). 

Noteworthy changes include an attribution of 3 billion euros to widening the participation of all member states, particularly those that tend to win fewer grants. This is supported by offering specific grants and fostering connections between well-established and less well-known institutions (2). Additional changes were made to the publishing of research funded by Horizon Europe. This is reinforced by grants only covering the publishing costs of full open-access papers, not hybrid ones.  Moreover, further guidelines for data sharing have been implemented, such as the requirement to publish data according to the FAIR principles (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability) within six months of completing a project. This is further supported by additional funding for the European Open Science Cloud that will formally launch in March and function as a free and accessible virtual repository. Articles that are published on the European Open Science Cloud are subject to open peer review and the reviews and the reviewers’ names will be openly available. This has caused some critics to point out flaws of the system. For instance, early career researchers may be discouraged from pointing out conflicting views from leading authorities. See Science Business for a more comprehensive picture of the discussion and Horizon Europe for detailed information on the funding scheme. 
 
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