What's Happening in Open Science? 

Welcome to the Student Initiative for Open Science newsletter! Our team has collected news and events in Open Science this November to keep you updated and informed.  
What is Open Science?
In case you missed our lecture, Open Science is a global movement to improve current scientific practices by promoting transparency and openness at all stages of research.

Why is Open Science important? 
Whether you are a university student reading scientific articles, have received medical attention before or met with a counselor - you are a consumer of science. Scientific findings influence everyone on a daily basis. The Open Science movement aims to make these findings as reliable and transparent as possible - so that everyone can believe in the evidence that they read and work with. 

Who are we?
SIOS is a student initiative that wants to spread these Open Science ideals and practices among students, and show how students can use Open Science in our own work. 
Thank-you to everyone who came to our first lecture! 
On October 10th we had our first lecture and an incredible 65 students showed up! In this lecture, we gave an overview of why Open Science is important for students and how it can replace questionable research practices at all stages of the research process.


We are working hard on our next event, but if you don't want to wait until then:


Registered Reports Q&A Webinar with Chris Chambers and David Mellor
4 November 16:00-17:00 

The Center for Open Science regularly hosts free webinars to bring together researchers to discuss challenges, advancements, and opportunities in Open Science. This month, Chris Chambers and David Mellor will discuss how to write, review, edit, or fund an open-access project.

For more information, registration, or to submit your questions:



11 November 13:00 - 14:00 Roeterseiland Campus (Building A, A2.05)

The Open Science Community Amsterdam (OSCA) regularly organises a journal club where current papers and issues are discussed. This time, they will discuss a recent paper that suggests that laypeople can predict which social science studies replicate. Everyone is welcome to join and bring their own lunch. The article: 

Hoogeveen, S., Sarafoglou, A., & Wagenmakers, E. (2019, September 25). Laypeople Can Predict Which Social Science Studies Replicate.


National eScience Symposium 2019: Digital Challenges in Open Science
21 November 9:00 - 18:00 Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam

The National eScience Symposium brings together academic researchers, industry representatives and policy-makers from various disciplines to discuss and share views on the latest developments in technology and science. This year, the symposium will focus on how innovations in technology can be used to address challenges and advance Open Science practices.

For more information:


Meta-Research Day 2019
22 November at 9:00 Tilburg University 

Meta-Research day brings together anyone who is interested in studying or discussing the current state of academic research. The event will include talks from Sarah de Rijcke, Ana Marušić, and John Ioannidis. There will also be sessions for people to come together to discuss, plan, or work on a specific meta-research project.

For more information:



Reproducibility Hackathon
30 November 10:00 - 17:00 Leiden University 

During ReproHack, participants will attempt to reproduce published work with publicly available code and data, and record their experiences on  the reproducibility, transparency and reusability of materials. At the end of the event, participants will discuss their findings with the original authors. 

For more information:

Open Science News

UC & Elsevier Break-Up Over Open Science

The University of California (UC) school system encompasses nine universities, 238 000 students, 190 000 faculty, and accounts for 10% of the USA's publishing output. 

The UC system has been in a $10-million-per year contract for its Elsevier subscription. Further, in 2018, UC researchers paid over $1-million in "preparation fees" to make any UC research published in Elsevier accessible to everyone. After 6-months of negotiations, the UC system did not renew its subscription to Elsevier's academic journals.

Why? The UC Library has been pushing for open access to all research published by UC and wanted to eliminate Elsevier's fees for making research open-access. When Elsevier would not agree, the UC Library did not renew the contract. This deal cuts off all UC students and staff from 2500 Elsevier journals.

This reflects a movement of universities pushing for open access to their research. In the Netherlands, researchers can publish open access papers in over 9000 journals without paying substantial fees to the publisher. This list is likely to expand as contracts between publishers and universities are renewed over the next few years.

If you are interested in publishing an open-access paper or looking to support open-access publishers, check out this comprehensive list:

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