Successful first Mini Open Science Fair ULB-VUB

On the occasion of the Open Access week 2019, the first Mini Open Science Fair jointly organized by ULB and VUB was held on October 23 in

45 researchers and support staff gathered to discuss Open Science practices, i.e. sharing research results as soon as possible in the research cycle to ensure their transparency, reproducibility and reusability.

The speakers shared their experience about tools they are using, underlining the pros and cons from their personal point of view:, to create a data management plan very helpful to anticipate research data issues; the Open Science Framework, a platform enabling researchers to manage their projects, preregister their ideas and share their results, data and publications; GitHub, to store, share and collaborate on code, providing data analysis, metadata and user license; Zenodo, an open archive to share and ensure long term access and preservation of research data, providing a DOI to enable data citation; Publons, to give visibility to the peer review activity of researchers.

The SODA project was presented, which aims at creating a national data archive for social science in Belgium, based on the DataVerse tool to manage ingest and access to data.
Two systems of open peer review were discussed, one used by Frontiers, making the review interactive between authors and reviewers, and the other used by the Copernicus Publications platform, making the reviews publicly available, which was considered constructive, quick and efficient.

Some researchers also shared their experience of good practices of Open Science such as: sharing one’s research protocols from the start of the research project, providing transparency about the methodology; involving citizens in data collection, for transcribing historical documents; managing an interdisciplinary scientific open access journal, also aiming at being accessible to the large public.

The presentations gave rise to interesting discussions among researchers, pointing to the need for more information about sustainable open science tools.

Programme and presentations are available here.

Conference: The Future of Research: Assessing the Impact of Plan S

The bold ambition behind Plan S is to ensure that full open access to published research finally becomes a reality. Yet, what does it mean for the future of research? Join us for this event at KU Leuven on 5th-6th November 2019, where our distinguished panels of experts will debate the prospects for researchers, universities, learned societies, academies and publishers.

The conference is free and open to all, and includes a welcome reception at the historic University Library on the evening before the conference.

Date And Time:
Tue, 5 Nov 2019, 17:00 – Wed, 6 Nov 2019, 16:45 CET

The conference will take place at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven View Map
The welcome reception will take place at the KU Leuven University Library, Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven View map



Open Access publication costs and transformative agreement strategies: a round table discussion

On the 21st of November, a round table discussion organized by Open Access Belgium, will bring together research administration and libraries to have an in-depth discussion about the financial implications of transformative agreements and the monitoring of cost for Open Access publishing.


More specifically, the event will involve APC monitoring by universities, Electron on the cost of Open Access, ESAC and Bicfb on the mechanisms of the current transformative agreements in place and a group discussion on Open Access publishing costs and transformative agreements. The half day event will also provide the opportunity to exchange experiences on the current transformative agreements and attitude towards open access agreements.

This is an on invitation-only event. A report of the event will be publish later on.

Also of interest

Following the round table discussion, you can join the “Open Science in Belgium: EOSC Initiatives” workshop organised by BELSPO, EWI and CFWB, which will take place on the same day at the Palace of the Academies from 13.30 till 17 pm.

This workshop is independently organized from ‘Open Access publication costs and transformative agreement strategies: a round table discussion’. You can find the programme here.

If interested, you may register separately for this event here.

OpenAIRE Workshop on ‘Research policy monitoring in the era of Open Science and Big Data’ announced in Ghent.

A two-day workshop titled ‘Research policy monitoring in the era of Open Science and Big Data – The what (indicators) and the how (infrastructures)’, co-organised by OpenAIRE and Data4Impact, with support of Science Europe, will explore mechanisms for research policy monitoring and indicators, and how to link these to infrastructure and services. The first day will focus on open science indicators as these emerge from national and EU initiatives, while the second will be a forward thinking exploration for more advanced aspects of indicators for innovation and societal impact.WHEN – May 27-28th, 2019

WHERE – Het Pand, Ghent, Belgium
WHAT – A two day workshop exploring mechanisms for research policy monitoring and indicators: discussing the what ‘indicators’ and the how: infrastructure. This workshop is in collaboration with Data4Impact, with support of Science Europe.

Continue reading “OpenAIRE Workshop on ‘Research policy monitoring in the era of Open Science and Big Data’ announced in Ghent.”

Launch of the European Open Science Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is officially launched today, 23 November 2018, during an event hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union. The inauguration marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders led by the European Commission.

The event demonstrates the importance of EOSC for the advancement of research in Europe and introduces the new EOSC Portal.

Continue reading “Launch of the European Open Science Cloud”

Uitnodiging ‘Paywall: The Business of Scholarship’

U bent vriendelijk uitgenodigd op de vertoning van de documentaire
Paywall: The Business of Scholarship
op woensdag 5 december 2018 om 20in de grote zaal van
Cinema Zed – Vesalius, Vesaliusstraat 9C te Leuven.



Verwelkoming door Demmy Verbeke, KU Leuven Bibliotheken
Korte inleiding door Veerle De Laet, Universitaire Pers Leuven
Vertoning door ‘Paywall: The Business of Scholarship’


Bevestig uw aanwezigheid graag voor 1 december 2018 via deze link.

Paywall – The Business of Scholarship

Wednesday 5 December, 8 pm, Cinema Zed-Vesalius, Leuven

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

With an introduction by Veerle De Laet (Leuven University Press) about the diverse landscape of academic publishing.

Participation is free, but registration is mandatory.  To register, please email Carl Demeyere ( or go directly to registration.

Recordings Open Access Week

During the international Open Access Week 2018, 5 webinars were organized by Belgian universities and Belspo.

You can find the recordings and some of the presentations here.

Open Peer Review

Introduction by Emilie Menz: slides Open Peer Review

Experiences of Open Peer Review at BMC by Axel Cleeremans: Slides

How to achieve OA to publications and books?

How to achieve FAIR data and good Research Data Management?

Introduction on research data management and FAIR data by Myriam Mertens: Slides introduction

Data sharing 101: a principled approach to transparency in (psychological) science by Olivier Klein (ULB): slides

ERC – consolidator grant – TransMid Towards Open Science by Niel Hens: slides

Boosting academic reputation with OA publications

Recordings Boosting Academic reputation with open access publications

Open Science Policy: funder requirements H2020, F.W.O., F.N.R.S. and Legal aspects in Belgium

Presentation by Emilie Hermans on EC, ERC, Belspo and FWO Open Science Requirements: Slides Open Science Policy

Presentation by Sandrine Brognaux: Slides policy F.N.R.S.

Presentation by Joris Deene on legal aspects and copyright:Slides Open Science Legislation