EU Open Science Agenda – rethinking incentives

eu-712739_1920I am delighted to have been selected to serve on the High-Level Advisory Group ‘Open Science Policy Platform’ (OSPP) at this important juncture in the EU’s vision on bringing open science to the way research across the EU is conducted and communicated.

At the Dutch Presidency’s Open Science conference in Amsterdam in April, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas announced his vision for an Open Science Policy Platform. The meeting was attended by key players from governments, universities, funders, researchers, publishers and other interested parties, and set out a draft Open Science Agenda.

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F1000 Specialist of the Month

Dr. Sylvia Samaniego

Dr. Sylvia Samaniego

Dr. Sylvia Samaniego is a Senior Scientist at LakePharma. As F1000 Specialist she has helped organize meet-ups and assisted F1000 at conferences, among many other things. Here we asked Sylvia about her experience.

F1000 Specialists are PhD students, postdocs, clinicians and researchers who help their colleagues use F1000Prime, F1000Workspace and F1000Research, and spread the word about F1000 within their institutes. If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself and tell your own colleagues about F1000, you can sign up here.
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Ilkka Hanski has died

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Photo courtesy of Linda Tammisto

We were sad to learn that Ilkka Hanski, Head of the Ecology Faculty, passed away on May 10th after a long illness.

Dr Hanski joined F1000 as a Faculty Head in 2004. He was a highly renowned and widely cited ecologist, considered the father of metapopulation theory. A leading researcher in ecology and evolutionary biology, Ilkka Hanski was the Director of the Metapopulation Research Center at the University of Helsinki. Continue reading

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Taking the pain out of searching your notes: a year of F1000Workspace

Journals_highlighter3If you peer back through the mists of time – back to the last century – and picture an academic, it is likely her office would be full of journals, papers covered in post-it notes, highlighters and unwieldy scribblings in the margins. You may not, though, need to look so far as you probably know lots of labs and offices like this today. The evolution of technology has dramatically changed our world, but it seems to have bypassed many of our community. Continue reading

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Kindness in the lab; how to make your lab a happier place.

Have you ever wished your workplace would be a more social place? A place where, sure, you have to work hard, but you can also have a chat or a laugh with people you like being around? Below are several ideas to help you transform your lab into a nicer place to spend your time.

Random Acts of Kindness
First, I would like to introduce you to Random Acts of Kindness. A Random Act of Kindness is basically doing something nice for someone you don’t know without benefit for yourself. Although you will definitely benefit from doing this, because it’s an instant recipe for feeling good! (If you would like to read more about the original Random Acts of Kindness idea, please have a look here.)

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Featured F1000 Specialist – April 2016

Nihal Okan is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. As F1000 Specialist he has helped organize meet-ups, invited the F1000 Outreach team to his institute, and much more. Here he tells about his experience.

If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, and tell your own colleagues about F1000, you can sign up here.
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Widening the piste of research incentives: the opportunities of open science

This is a cross-post from the F1000Research blog.

F1000-EU3I recently attended the EU Presidency Conference on Open Science in Amsterdam.  Refreshingly (and speedily), on the day after the conference, a draft Call for Action was issued.  The challenge is for the various working groups being convened by the EC to turn the Call into action.

Open science is often talked about as a way to change what is wrong about how science is currently published, shared and incentivised.  We talk about providing open access to articles to enable access to essentially print versions of articles that would previously have been visible behind journal pay-walls, and we talk about providing alternative’ views of how an article is used, so using alt metrics) to take us beyond a reliance on journal-level metrics and academic citations.  Addressing these two issues should be among the outcomes of open science, but its goals are much more forward looking and ambitious.
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FM of the Year and Outstanding FM of the Year awards 2015

Last month, we were delighted to announce the winners of the AFM Travel Grants for 2015. This month we are celebrating the hard work of our Faculty Members in recommending articles of merit by announcing the winners of our ‘Faculty Member of the Year’ awards and ‘Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year’ awards.
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A simple and efficient way to save references

The internet has given us access to vast resources of knowledge; we have an ever-growing number of journals, publications and blogs at our disposal. Keeping up with this endless stream of exceptional supply of information can be tough, how many times you find something interesting to read, but don’t have time to read it right then? This happens too often.

The F1000Workspace browser extension solves this problem for you. It is a powerful add-on to F1000’s collaborative authoring tool that is available for all popular browsers. It allows you to save articles and PDFs as you browse with a single click. You can add notes (highlights and comments) to web pages, and add articles directly to F1000Workspace. Members of a shared project share their annotations promoting discussion and making the process of collecting relevant references much more efficient.

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Featured F1000 Specialist – March 2016

Jerome Korzelius is a researcher at the DKFZ in Germany. As F1000 Specialist he has presented talks, helped organize meet-ups, wrote blog posts, and much more. Here he tells about his experience.

If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, and tell your own colleagues about F1000, you can sign up here.
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