In this blog post, we examine key historical moments in research assessment, access to, and affordability of published research, to explain why Open Access and its economic models have become an incremental solution to a problem requiring a revolutionary change.
Does science need heroes or does it need to reform? Idolizing heroes can worsen bias, inequality, and competition in science. Yet, it does require good leadership to ignite structural change. This commentary for a Rijksmuseum Boerhaave symposium on prize cultures aims to address this paradox.
A key challenge in the reform of research assessment is to recognise and reward the adoption of open scientific practices. In this post, Anestis Amanatidis reflects on this challenge and invites you to join the conversation in bimonthly online meetings.
How are rankings used in research evaluation and excellence initiatives? The author presents a literature review using English and Russian sources, as well as gray literature. The Russian case is highlighted, where rankings have had an essential role in research evaluation and policy until recently.
To support development and sustainability in the Global South, contextual and locally appropriate knowledge on agriculture needs to be visible and accessible. Improving coverage in global open scholarly infrastructures can play a crucial role in increasing visibility.
Whose side are scientists on in times of climate breakdown? Science is often called upon to provide knowledge and expertise to address global challenges and accelerate towards sustainable futures. But, critical times ask for critical thinking on science for sustainability.