OASPA welcomes you to its first webinar of 2022, where we take an evidence-informed approach to how publishers and others in the scholarly communications system responded to the pandemic and explore what the findings can tell us about the future of scholarly communication.
The sharing of the COVID genome by researchers, preprinting and a commitment by many publishers to make all the COVID research they published freely available has become a poster child for the power of Open Science. And within one year of the pandemic being announced, there were not one but five viable vaccines globally available - a remarkable human achievement. What is the evidence that the scholarly communications system contributed to this progress? In particular, can we now seize the opportunity to use the evidence to improve the way all global scholarly knowledge is shared, evaluated and communicated?
At the beginning of the pandemic, a small group of publishers and others began to work together to speed up the review of COVID19 research articles. The Research on Research Institute (RoRI) worked as scientific advisors to this rapid review group to collect, share and analyse data, not just from the participants, but about the scholarly communications system as a whole. The resulting report was published in December.
In this webinar, RoRI summarises the approach and evidence that has informed the key recommendations of the report. We also hear responses and reactions to the report from key representatives.
Full information and links: https://oaspa.org/webinar-announcement-so-can-publishing-respond-to-a-crisis-an-evidence-informed-approach
• Chair: Catriona J. MacCallum (Hindawi / OASPA Board).
• Ludo Waltman (Leiden University) and Stephen Pinfield (Sheffield University) and RoRI.
• Robert Terry (World Health Organisation), Hannah Hope (Wellcome), Jessica Polka (ASAPBio) and Stefano Davide Vianello (EPFl, Lausanne, Switzerland).