Register for the Open Science webinars during Open Access Week

As a part of the international Open Access Week 2018, Belgium universities host a series of lunch-time webinars. Themed “Everyone on the road to Open Science”, these online presentations will cover different topics concerning Open Science aimed at PhD’s, researchers and research supporting staff.

Practical

October 22, 12:00-13:00  | Register here for the Webinar: Open Peer Review

October 23, 12:00-13:00  | Register here for the Webinar: How to achieve OA to publications and books?

October 24, 12:30-13:30  | Register here for the Webinar: How to achieve FAIR data and good Research Data Management?

October 25, 12:00-13:00  | Register here for the Webinar: Boosting academic reputation with OA publications

October 26, 12:00-13:00  | Register here for the Webinar: Open Science Policy: funder requirements H2020, FWO, FNRS and Legal aspects in Belgium

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The day and an hour before your selected webinar you will be sent a reminder email. The webinars will last an hour with time for questions.

Can’t make it? No problem! The sessions will also be recorded and be posted here after the event.

Programme details

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Online event “Everyone on the road to open science” – 22nd – 26th October 2018

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During the international Open Access Week 2018, themed “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”, the Belgian universities jointly organize a 5 day online event entitled “Everyone on the road to open science”, from the 22nd until the 26th of October 2018. Several topics of open science will be addressed, such as open peer review, the FAIR data principles, research data management, legal aspects, etc.

Anyone can attend the event, although the webinars are primarily intended for PhD students, postdocs and (junior) professors. All sessions are English-spoken.

Twitter hashtag #openaccess_be

Programme webinars

Date Topic Speaker(s)
22/10

12h-13h

 

Open Peer Review Emilie Menz (ULB), Head of Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles

Axel Cleeremans (ULB), Chief Editor for Frontiers in Psychology

Louisa Flintoft, Executive Editor, BMC In-House Journals

23/10

12h-13h

How to achieve OA to publications and books? Eric Laureys (BELSPO)

Laurence Bénichou & Isabelle Gérard, European journal of taxonomy

Jean-Michel Lafleur (ULiège)

24/10

12h30-13h30

How to achieve FAIR data and RDM?   Myriam Mertens (UGent)

Olivier Klein (ULB)

Niel Hens (UHasselt)

25/10

12h-13h

Boosting academic reputation with open access publications? Yves Deville (Digital University UCL)

Veerle De Laet (Leuven University Press)

Philippe Bocquier (UCLouvain)

26/10

12h-13h

Open Science Policy: funder requirements H2020, FWO, FNRS and Legal aspects in Belgium Emilie Hermans (UGent)

Céline Thillou (UMons)

Joris Deene (Everest-Law)

More information about how to register for the webinars is coming soon!

Belgian copyright law amended in favor of open access to scientific articles

A change in the belgian copyright law allows the authors of scientific articles financed by the public sector, to retain the right to make their article available in Open Access even if otherwise stipulated in their contract with the publisher.

Published the 5th September 2018, this law completes and reinforces the recent decree of the fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB) which requires the deposit in open access of scientific articles in institutional directories.

The text specifies that :

  • The article must be publicly financed by at least 50%
  • The article can be diffused in open access even if the author has already waved his copyright to the editor
  • The embargo period is 12 months after publication for the human and social sciences and 6 months after publication for the applied sciences; or less if authorized by the publishing contract
  • The source of the first publication must be mentioned

This rules also apply to every article published before the publication of the law.

Text in French and Dutch : http://www.dekamer.be/FLWB/PDF/54/3143/54K3143006.pdf

Source : Le Moniteur Belge/Het Belgisch Staatsblad. 2018-09-05. Art. 29

Predatory journals not compatible with open science principles

In the last couple of weeks national1 and international2 press reported on the problematic ethical practices of predatory  journals. Several news sources investigated the practices and found papers authored by researchers from across academia and industry in online publications that charge large upfront fees to publish open access work that does not undergo full peer review or proper editorial checks.

In the wake of the recent dismay over the unethical practices of predatory open access journals, Gwen Franck wrote an op-ed in De Morgen making the case for Open Access publishing and distinguishing between predatory open access journals and FAIR open access practices.

In the opinion piece3 she stresses the need for a shift in scientific publishing to FAIR open access, training on institutional level and for government to support and invest in OS infrastructure.


1. See De Morgen 10/08/2018 
2. Inter alia, in GermanyThe UK and India
3. See De Morgen 14/08/2018