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Open Science Meet-up on Preprints, 4 Mar 2020

Dear Open Science enthusiasts,

we look forward to meet you soon for a discussion on posting preprints. We’ll look into motivations and experiences as well as possible challenges and open issues.

Your views and examples are most welcome! If you would like to contribute a short presentation, e.g. a discipline’s view, an example or a study on preprints please do not hesitate to get in touch.

More information on the meeting can be found below.

Please register by 1 March via (or drop me a line in case you prefer not to share data with Google 😉 ).

On behalf of the orga team,
Astrid, Daniel, Julika and Birgit

Preprints – Opportunities & Pitfalls

Venue: SUB Göttingen, Platz der Göttinger Sieben, 3rd floor, large conference room
Hour: 13.00-16.30 o’clock
Notepad for the meeting:

Preprints are on the rise in many research areas and over the last few years several new archives have been established, e.g. for biology, psychology and archaeology. The term itself also may not always be clear, and similar but slightly different approaches exist in other research areas (e.g. working paper).

In this meeting we will look into motivations for preprint sharing as well as possible challenges and open issues. Not so easy to figure out for authors is which journals actually allow the posting of preprints and which restrictions may apply (e.g. due to lack of clear information on journal websites).

Join us for the discussion, this area is emerging fast and there is a lot to learn from different perspectives and experiences.

Draft Agenda

13.00 Welcome & round of introductions

13.30 – 14.00 Presentations
Overview: definition, how tos, incentives and challenges, etc.

14.00 – 14.30 Show & Tell
Examples from different disciplines, good practice examples, good/mixed/bad experiences, etc., or summarize the findings from one of the papers (cf. references).

  • A perspective on medical research – Harald, UMG
  • Working papers in economics – Jan
  • arXiv & SCOAP3 papers, downloads & citations – Julika
  • bioRxiv – ??
  • Humanities – Rafael Maria

14.30 – 16.00 Outbreak

16.00 – 16.30 Reports & planning

— Dr Birgit Schmidt Head of Knowledge Commons