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GenR invites you to join it on a new editorial direction for 2022. The plan is to co-produced short actionable guides to support and promote—Open Science communities, and Open Science values and culture.

Many Open Science communities have projects and services that need to connect to users—making guides is where GenR can best lend its editorial expertise to help researchers become ‘open researchers’.

GenR will create templates for its guides and publish its methods and tool chains for others to use—for example in adapting ‘book dashes’ from The Turing Way. The working principle for the publications will be—ASAP (As Short As Possible) and seeing guides as—a course of action that will give the best results in the fastest way possible. GenR will continue as a blog, with the guides being the focus of the blogging.

Changing the culture of science and focusing on the scientific benefits for society—is now a well-established anchoring for Open Science. With its proposed guides series, GenR looks to provide pathways for action based on research coming out of Open Science communities. 

The Open Science values GenR looks to promote are perfectly summarized in the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science (UNESCO 2021, 7), as—quality and integrity; collective benefit; equality and fairness; and, diversity and inclusion. The culture of Open Science is about adopting these values in such areas as collaboration, research assessment, people’s well-being, and delivering on equality and inclusion.

Join us!

GenR is looking for people and communities to join us in our new direction. We also welcome interest for partnerships and funding of guides.

If you have an Open Science guide you think should be out there, get in touch. 

See our discussion forum: 

How to help:

  • Give feedback on our guide proposal on our discussion forum.
  • Become a ‘guide’ reviewer
  • Join the editorial and production team
  • Suggest a guide
  • Support a guide: In-kind, partner, or fund a guide

Supporting Open Science communities

Over three years GenR has brought together a community of Open Science experts with its blogging platform that now has a global readership of over 6,000 readers per month. The experience gained over these three years shows the importance of short practical guides for Open Science as a means of capacity building.

We see guides as being a tool by which fast moving Open Science research can be operationalized—as a course of action that will give the best results in the fastest way possible for other researchers to adopt a practice. 

We will co-create guide dashes to produce short actionable pathways to promote these Open Science projects and communities. Blogs and discussion will surround the guides and we will use the GitHub based rapid publishing platforms ADA from the Open Science Lab at TIB. The choice of making guides is also importantly informed by the Open Science Lab’s research on book sprints and collaborative science—such as the FOSTER Open Science Handbook and rapid publishing for public health and COVID.

Working together—it is communities of action that have continued to drive Open Science. GenR describes itself as a third decade Open Science project—which can be characterised as focused on the values and culture of Open Science to affect change in how science works and its connection with society. The first two decades of Open Science were more informed by the changes in digital technology. The first decade in the early 2000s put in place the foundations of Open Science and were focused on ‘increasing the societal impact of science’ based on the opportunities of the Net. In the following decade the priority was on  ‘making the missing infrastructure’. All three elements—values, societal impact, and infrastructure—are vital and have undoubtedly continued to help improve science. 

And although Open Science as a movement continues to meet with resistance, it is hard to think of another area of society so willing to systematically transform itself. It is in this context that GenR recognizes that providing practical and actionable guides for implementing Open Science values—such as ‘collective benefit’ by using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to align research to societal needs—to be as important as Open Access, or the FAIR Data Principles.

The practicals

  • GenR has setup a community forum on GitHub to discuss the plans.
  • Over the end of 2021 GenR will refine its guide creation methods and create a manual for its guide creation. Example methods to incorporate are the Diátaxis Framework
  • Two example guides will be created before the end of 2021: 
    • 1. Software Citation for Citizen Science Projects. 
    • 2. Creating Citizen Science Readers using CEVOpen (Text Data Mining).
  • GenR has a publishing platform ADA that uses GitHub and a number of connected technologies such as Fidus Writer, Vivliostyle, GitHub Pages, Zenodo, etc—an example publication can be seen here ‘The Open Science Guide of Guides’. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4740163  
  • GenR also has an existing guides collection for reference here on Zotero. 

DOI: Worthington, Simon. “GenR and Co-Producing Guides for Open Science Communities.” Generation Research, 2021.