Webinar 6 – Open Science Services and support at the MLU

A total of 8 participants attended the webinar.

1. Webinar Slides

The webinar was presented by Dr. Susann Özüyaman and Dr. Roberto Cozatl from the OS-Team at the library

2. Poll results

  1. Did you find the level of the webinars adequate?

A: Yes – for entry level, these were OK        3 responses

B: More or less – more in-depth details is missing in some areas 2 responses

C. No – I had expected much more information and detail        0 responses

2. Do you have the feeling you know more about OS now than at the beginning of the series?

A: Yes   5 responses

B: More or less     0 responses

C: not really         0 responses

3. Please tell us over the public chat how we can improve our webinar series for the future (e.g. different format, more content, etc.)

3. Questions from the audience

Q.1: What about counting citations in case of secondary publications?

Q.2: In a cumulative thesis you include your publications. Is it necessary to contact the publisher and ask for the permission to use it?

4. Speakers’ comments and references for further reading

The services of the ULB were presented and explained in further detailed during this webinar.

Infrastructural Services

At an infrastructural level the ULB offers and operates two repositories, Share_it our institutional repository of the MLU and a subject-specific one called MENAdoc from the DFG-funded Specialized Information Service for Middle East, North African and Islamic Studies of the library. The types of materials accepted, the main functionalities and features and some examples of how the data in these repositories look were presented.

The Open Journal System (OJS) of the library was also presented. This tool allows the creation of Open Access Journals and well as the emulation of complete publishing workflows  from the submission of papers, the peer-review of these and the online publication of the articles.

In this context, a collaborative tool called SciFlow (for which the MLU has a campus license) was also introduced as an alternative to services such as google docs. One advantage of SciFlow is that the company is based in Germany and the data are managed and stored according to the German data protection law. Furthermore, the software offers diverse templates or styles for formatting manuscripts which are popular and requested by many scientific journals. Users can concentrate in their writing and let the software deal with the sometimes tedious layout and formatting of the documents.

Publication support

The Open Access publication support and services of the library were explained in the context of golden and green Open Access. For publishing articles in gold open access mode, the publication fund of the MLU was introduced as a workflow which can support authors with publishing their articles in open access journals by means of covering their article processing charges (APCs). The library has specific publishing arrangements with several publishing houses in the context of the DEAL Project in Germany. These were explained during the webinar.

The library also supports the green open access mode by providing advice to authors about how to publish their original none-open access publication via OA repositories, the self-archiving way. Authors can use Share_it to publish their papers as secondary publications but can also choose to upload their articles in other repositories. Tools such as the Sherpa Romeo  resource were introduced as a tool which can be consulted by authors to find information about the open access archiving policies of particular journals.

Summary and wrap up

A summary of the open science services of the library was then given in the final part of the webinar as a form of wrap up for the entire webinar series. The library currently offers Open Science services and support in three domains. The infrastructural, research data management oriented domain, the publication support domain and the information communication domain. A summary of the main services in each of these domains was given. The idea here is to emphasize that in order to practice Open Science, authors and scientist need the support of their local and national institutions. In addition, having a clear picture of the so called open science/data ecosystem allows scientist and authors to work out what level of support and in which areas this support is offered.

To conclude it was mentioned that, when it comes to giving open science advice, other groups apart from the library play an important role. First and foremost, there are discipline experts in your own communities, labs and research groups which may have a lot of experience on this topic, so seeking advice from these persons is essential. Across the university, other department and service units can provide specific help. A list of these services and units was presented and is available from the slides of the presentation.


Dr. Susann Özüyaman and Dr. Roberto Cozatl| Open Science Team | openscience@bibliothek.uni-halle.de | 05.11.2020

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