Generation R carries blog posts, special themes, discussions, information and learning resources, and works made in collaborations with ‘fellow travelers’ from the Open Science community.

Get in touch if you have a contribution, idea, or question. For contributions send a brief outline and the editor will get back with suggestions and deadlines.

Contact: Simon Worthington, Editor,, DM @Gen_R_, chat on Gitter, or visit our Notebook.

We run an Open Research Notebook to help develop themes, and to communicate the findings, to the wider research community. Create an account and get in contact if you want to take part.

Contribution types

Contributions in different media types are welcome and experimentation is encouraged: from picture story blogs, to content packages based on interactive data sets, 3D models, video, or simulations. We support diversity in scholarly communication, recognizing that scholarly works covers a wide spectrum of formats, involving multiple contributors in its making, and that the freedom to choose the form of expression should be in the hands of the researcher.

Generation R operates a multi-channel editorial platform. The platform is planned to have: a blog, discussion, and resource documentation AKA Notebook.
The platform makeup is being developed in consultation with the scholarly community and will be evolved over time with the aim to best help the communication and use of ideas to help improve scholarship.

We run themes on the platform, as clusters of content across our channels, and standalone contributions. As examples a contribution can be a blog article, or as taking part in a discussion around a theme or article, or as input for a how-to in our resources documentation area.

Writing style guide

For blog posts we prefer posts between 800 and 1000 words. Blog posts can also be much shorter, 200 or 300 words, or run as picture / media stories as an option.
We adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition writing style guide, where possible. This also applies to citations, but since we operate a Zotero Group citation conversion is not a problem as Zotero can convert citations to any citation format required.

Please include hyperlinks in the body of the text for your citations (if appropriate), as well as a formatted bibliography at the end of your text. If you happen to have your citations in Zotero or they can be supplied as BibTeX or any compatible citation storage format, even better.

Inclusion of picture, charts, video, Twitter feed posts and other social media quotes, as well as interactive simulations are encouraged. If a place for video storage and playback is needed we have access to the TIB AV Portal through which hosting and video DOI attribution can be arranged.

Additionally for blog posts we encourage, but don’t demand, the adoption of a ‘web reading style’ as advocated by the Nielsen Norman Group, see: How Users Read on the Web , and Writing Digital Copy for Domain Experts. The main idea is of non-linear scan reading: highlighted keywords (hypertext links serve as one form of highlighting); clear sub-headings (not clever ones); bulleted lists; one idea per paragraph; the inverted pyramid style, starting with the conclusion; and half the word count. (Nielsen 1997)

How Users Read on the Web –

Writing Digital Copy for Domain Experts –

Contributor bios, ORCID ID, photo, and Twitter handle

We want to help support you and your work, helping readers getting to know you is one way we can do that.

Please send us a three line biographical note, including your academic position or role description, affiliation, and research interests.

Please also send an ORCID ID. ORCID is a persistent indentifier system for scholarly individuals and organisations. ORCID is a non-profit organization made of a consortium of research organisations and does not act as a non-profit front for a single private corporate interests. See its membership lists here If you don’t have an ORCID please create one here

Optionally, please send a photo and Twitter handle.

Our editing process

For Generation R the editing process is about creating readability and includes formatting: titles, introduction, pull quotes, scan reading with the addition of subsections or bullet points, and applying of Chicago Manual of Style writing guidelines.

Editing will usually take place over a two-week period and when ready the article will be sent back for review by the author. Post publishing edits are also possible if needed.

Copyright and licenses

Copyright remains with the author.

All material must be copyright cleared by the contributor or author.

Generation R is an Open Access publication and as default uses the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license for content.

All contributions, without exception, must adhere to an open intellectual property license that is compatible with CC BY-SA 4.0.

CC BY-SA 4.0

Contribution identifiers and usage analytics

Blog contributions and other larger works will be assigned a single DOI from DataCite, with works being deposited in LeibnizOpen the Open Access repository of the Leibniz Association. See: Generation R is published as an online serial publication and carries the ISSN 2512-3815.

Web usage statistics are recorded using FOSS Matomo web analytics software and anonymized article usage data for works made by the contributors will be available to the author. In the interest of personal privacy and from concerns over intrusive surveillance Generation R does not use any commercial social media tracking on its own websites or services, or use any Google tracking or tools.

We will also store your article on two synchronized repositories TIB’s GitLab instance and on GitHub, with the contribution data in a structured FAIR compliant form, with metadata for sharing and reuse. Additionally citations will be stored in our Zotero Group and as BibTeX files on the two repositories.

TIB GitLab instance
Zotero Group

Additionally the platform will support W3C Linked Data Platform resources with an inbox / outbox using RDF and the Solid technology. This is an experimental implementation, for more information see our discussion area. Solid: