Scholarly communication & open access: what researchers should know with Vincent Larivière

McGill will celebrated the Open Access Week International (October 23-29 2-17) with events designed to bring awareness to newer aspects of the scholarly communication lifecycle. Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair in the Transformations of Scholarly Communication and associate professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information (l’Université de Montréal) gave a talk entitled “Scholarly communication and open access: what researchers should know”.

The complete presentation is available here and we recommend that you take a look at the slides while listening to the first half of this episode, which is the first section of Vincent Larivière's presentation. We will discover how publishing in researcher became what it is today and an explanation of how having five big companies dominate this field affects researchers.

In the second part of this episode, we will present a short interview we had with Vincent Lariviere about an interesting event which happened here, at Université de Montreal, during the summer of 2017: the library’s university refused to renew one of the big deals it had with Taylor and Francis Group and had to go through tough negotiations with the publisher. Vinvent Lariviere was part of these negotiation and will tell us a little bit more about the role he played there.

Structural Genomics Consortium's Extreme Open Science Unit launch !

In this mini-episode, Rachel Harding (creator of the open notebook LabScribbles, discussed in episode 5) and Aled Edwards (CEO of the SGC ) discuss the launch of the SGC's Extreme Open Science Unit.

As part of the SGC's ongoing plans to push the boundaries of open science, ~15 brave early career researchers funded by various disease and research foundations and charities, will be starting to write up their science in real-time in open notebooks. Rachel and Al discuss the rationale for starting these open notebooks, their hopes for how open notebooks will help the projects as well as the early career researchers running them and invite others interested notebooking to join them.

The intro song: "Every Waking Hour" by Robin Grey.

F1000Research: An innovative publishing platform with a transparent peer review system

Today's episode is about a publisher called Faculty of 1000 or F1000. We interviewed Holly Murray to understand more about F1000 and the publishing platform F1000Research.

F1000Research has a unique peer review system in which the public can access not only the content of the submitted articles but also the discussions between authors and reviewers. For more details check out the podcast episode.

The intro song: "Every Waking Hour" by Robin Grey.

Citizen Science to explore massive data related to galaxies with Kevin Schawinski

Dear listeners, welcome to season 2!

In the first episode of this season, we interviewed Kevin Schawinski, assistant professor at ETH Zurich and co-founder of the Galaxy Zoo project. The Galaxy Zoo project is a citizen science project that allows any individual to help classify galaxies. The project started in 2007 when Kevin was supposed to classify millions of galaxies (based on their shape mostly) by himself. The task appeared impossible and, at the time, it seemed hard to use a computer to automatically perform classifications.
That is how the first version of the Galaxy Zoo project started.
Instead of classifying them himself, Kevin helped prepare the data in such a way that anyone could perform classifications, the data was then put on the website and ... the team received more than 70 000 classifications per hour during the first day! During the first year, more than 50 million classifications were proposed by more than a 150 000 individuals! The project was a success and it has been running since then. The classified data from Galaxy Zoo has been used for more than 50 publications so far.

For this episode, Dr. Rachel Harding, from Episode 05 - Lab scribbles, helped us interview Kevin, it is something we will try to do again during future episodes to have different kinds of questions and perspectives (and accents!). So if you fill like interviewing fellow researchers about Open Science, please let us know, we would be glad to have you participate in an interview with us :)

We are also glad to announce that we now also have a Patreon page!


The intro song: "Every Waking Hour" by Robin Grey.

Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Conference (Second Episode)

This episode is our second episode on PKP conference. Ina Smith talks about open access publishing situation in south Africa and the idea of universities as scholarly publishers using Open Journal Systems (OJS). Alec Smecher introduces PKP and its products, especially OJS; how it can facilitate the peer review and publishing process. He explains how people can use this free open source software. Juan Pablo Alperin talks about their study on the influence of social media on the scholarly communications. In the end we have a very interesting interview with John Willinsky, the founder of PKP, about the project and its ups and downs. This episode is the last episode of the first season. The next season will start in December. Hope you enjoy it!