Contact: Simon Worthington, Editor-in-chief,, DM @Gen_R_

Generation R is an online editorial platform for Open Science discourse across Europe.

Our guiding editorial question to approach Open Science is to take a ‘needs based approach’ to researchers and look for replicable models that the wider community can use, either on a conceptual level or in practical implementations.

This lead question makes up one part of our four lines of investigation:

  • taking a ‘needs based approach’ to researchers,
  • Open Science discourse,
  • improving the making of Open Science software & systems, and
  • addressing imbalances and problems in science knowledge systems.

The platform runs blog posts, as well an evolving and collaborative ‘Notebook’ format where we look to transfer our findings as learning resource to partner platforms, for example as content for: MOOCs, syllabi, guides, Software Carpentry resources, listings, or literature bibliographies.

We organize our postings by theme, but not exclusively. Themes can vary in time period that they will run for, but the standard time period will be six weeks. Using our Notebook we will pre-announce themes and look to collaboratively develop the ideas. Our launch theme is ‘Software Citation’ which will be followed by ‘The Decentralized Web’ in September, and by ‘Citizen Science’ for mid-October.

If you would like to contribute to Generation R, have suggestion for a collaboration, or have a question please drop us a line.

A series of consultations will be run to find out how we can develop the Generation R platform to best support the Open Science community. Also, to find out more about technology used, editorial and digital strategy, and development roadmap see our tech page.

Generation R is brought to you by the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. The research alliance is made up of thirty-six member organizations (June ’18), all of which are independent research organizations.

Generation R has its editorial office at the Open Science Lab TIB – German National Library of Science and Technology, Hannover. See the Generation R imprint for details of the editorial office and responsible bodies.


Simon Worthington, Editor-in-chief, Open Science Lab TIB – German National Library of Science and Technology. Simon is a publishing technologist and self-styled ‘book liberationist’ as author of A Book Liberation Manifesto@mrchristian99 ORCiD: 0000-0002-8579-9717

Lambert Heller, TIB – Lambert works at TIB Open Science Lab, and is a social scientist and academic librarian, speaker and consultant, all things Open Science and Decentralized Web, everything is CC-zero. @Lambo 

Guido Scherp, ZBW – Guido works at ZBW (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics) in Kiel and is coordinator of the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. @Guido_Scherp

Board of advisors

Janneke Adema – Research Fellow Digital Media | Centre for Postdigital Cultures| School of Media and Performing Arts | Faculty of Arts and Humanities | Coventry University, UK. @Openreflections

Benedikt Fecher – Since 2017, Benedikt Fecher heads the research program “Learning, Knowledge, Innovation” at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society.

Andrea Hacker – Member of the Open Science team at the University of Bern. A staunch supporter of open access to scholarly communication – be it text, teaching, data, or code. @ahacker

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Lex – Assistant professor at Graz University of Technology and she heads the Social Computing research area at Know-Center. Her research interests include Social Computing, Recommender Systems, Complex Networks, Open Science, Web Science and Machine Learning. Elisabeth has been work package leader on FP7 and H2020 projects, as well as serving on many expert committees, for example: as a member of the Expert Group on Altmetrics, which advised the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. As of October 2018, Elisabeth, starts a new lecture ‘Complexity Science‘ at TU Graz. @elisab79

Luca Mollenhauer – A project coordinator at: OERinfo the information center for OER in German-speaking countries, and at; DIPF the Leibniz Institute for Educational Research and Educational Information. @M0llenhauer

Ulrike Wuttke – Ulrike is a medievalist and textual scholar by training with a specialisation in Medieval Dutch Literature (Doctor of Literature, Universiteit Gent). She works in the context of Digital (Humanities) Research Infrastructures and contribute to projects and networks in digital preservation and digital arts and humanities via groups such as the Working Group Data Centres of the Verband Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum (deputy convenor), the metablog OpenMethods and the DARIAH Working Group DiMPO (Digital Methods and Practices Observatory). @UWuttke

André Vatter – André is a social media blogger from Hamburg. He works at ZBW (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics) as Senior Social Media & Community Manager. @avatter


Susanne Melchior, ZBW – Susanne works at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. She is part of the community at Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. (Team member 2018-20)

Hall of fame

Jon Tennant – Jon finished his award-winning PhD at Imperial College London in 2017, where as a paleontologist he studied the evolution of dinosaurs, crocodiles, and other animals. He is now works  independently in order to continue his dino-research, including new angles on openness and reproducibility in Palaeontology, and is working on building an Open Science MOOC to help train the next generation of researchers in open practices. @protohedgehog. (Advisory Board, contributor, and lead on Open Science MOOC, 2018-20. Jon died in motorbike accident in April 2020, see: ‘In Memory of Jon Tennant 1988-2020‘.)