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Open for you!

Open for you! Third series of 4EU+ webinars to discover open science (2024)

Everything you always wanted to know about Open Science but were afraid to ask!


The 4EU+ Alliance warmly invites you to the third edition of Open for you - a webinar series delving into the various aspects of open science. Building on the success of the initial two series, we are excited to extend this initiative, offering an even deeper exploration of the dynamic world of open science. Join us in embracing the vision of science we champion at the 4EU+ universities, a vision that is free from paywalls or borders, truly open to everyone.


About the series

The movement for open access to publications is reshaping the academic world. In response, our series of webinars addresses the growing need for transparency, reproducibility, and collaboration by exploring a wider set of practices, such as open peer review, FAIR and open data, open software, and citizen science. Most sessions will include not only a presentation but also a flash interview, providing valuable insights from an operator or expert in a specific area of open science.


Who should attend?

Whether you are starting your research journey as a PhD candidate, are a senior researcher, or a research support staff member or you are simply curious, you are welcome to join our seminars. Enjoy the convenience of attending online from any location and ensure your participation by registering for the seminars that interest you.


List of sessions

Upcoming sessions

"I'm signing a publishing agreement": intellectual property and publication (in open access)

21 March 2024, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Once an author's manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author signs a publishing agreement. What are the points to bear in mind? What are the author's rights? How can they be preserved once the manuscript has been published? This online workshop offers participants to analyze publishing agreements in small groups.


Trainers: Pascale Pauplin (SU), Paola Galimberti (UniMi)


Registration link: sign up here


Publishing in Diamond Open Access

8 April 2024, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Description: Diamond Open Access consists in publishing in journals which do not require for the reader to pay to read nor for the authors to pay to publish. In this session, we will provide a short introduction to Diamond OA and interview two specialists: Jean-Sébastien Caux, founder of SciPost, and Katharina Böhmer, from the editorial team of 21st Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual.


Trainers: Bettina Müller (UHEI), Sébastien Perrin (SU)


Registration link: sign up here

Predatory publishers and identity fraud – how to identify dubious providers

17 April 2024, 2:30 pm

In this presentation, we will talk first about the phenomenon of predatory publishers; we will present the characteristics of their dishonest and often illegal business model and show some schemes of recognizing and avoiding publishing at predators. Then, we will discuss a new emerging challenge for scholarly publishing that is the identity fraud of scientific journals (described as hijacked journals). Those two phenomena might endanger the integrity of scholarly communication by violating the reliability of scholarly publications and hence, deform the image of science and badly influence your research career. Join us to equip yourself with a knowledge shield that will protect you against scammers!

Searching for open access works

15 May 2024, 2:30 pm

This session is a workshop whose goal is to help you doing your literature search in an open environment. We will present different search tools and show you how to use them. This training include practice time to allow you to search open access literature in your field.

Managing FAIR Data in the Humanities: Approaches and Examples

29 May, 2:00 pm

Researchers in cultural studies disciplines and cultural institutions are increasingly confronted with the need to sustainably secure their digital research data. In this presentation, we will outline different approaches that have been developed in order to provide scholars with an infrastructure and sustainable support throughout the data life circle. We will present different solutions and examples on how open and FAIR research data is being managed in the humanities.

The FAIR principles in science, technology and engineering – How to write a good Data Management Plan for FAIR research data

13 June 2024, 2:00 pm

In recent years, the so-called FAIR principles have become the gold standard for research data and are now at the core of policies from universities, funders and publishers. In this session, we will present how to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) that will help to make research data FAIR – that means Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. We will present examples from the natural, technical and life sciences.

Open research software - how to disseminate it ?

June (TBC)

Software source code contains a growing part of the scientific and technical knowledge developed in the research activities, in all fields. It is essential to disseminate and archive this knowledge.


This session will include a training session and an interview with a Software Heritage ambassador.

Citizen science

1 July 2024

Citizen science includes different research practices conducted with non-researcher citizen. It makes part of the ppen science movement as a way to bring research processes closer to society by citizen participation. This session will cover different types of citizen science practices.

Open Science and Evaluation, how to reward open practices

July (TBC)

Many university professionnals have analysed that research evaluation had to change if one expects researchers to adopt open science practices. This presentation will account for research evaluation evolution and portray the challenges it has to face in the next few years.


Past sessions

Introduction to Open Science and Research Integrity

18 January 2024, 2 pm - 3:30 pm

This inaugural session introduces the public to the challenges of open science with particular emphasis on its relations with the issues of research integrity. The presentation will be followed by an interview with Stéphanie Ruphy, professor of philosophy of science and head of the French Office for Research Integrity.


Trainers: Milan Janíček (CU), Léa Gonnet (SU)

Interviewee: Stéphanie Ruphy


Presentation is available here.


Preprint and Open Peer Review

15 February 2024, 4:00 pm

Open access began with preprints in the 1990s. Today, preprints remain a popular means of disseminating scientific results in certain disciplines. It also makes it possible to experiment with new ways of carrying out peer review and to build new publication models. The presentation will be followed by an interview with Daniela Saderi, neuroscientist, co-founder and director at PREreview.


Trainers: Sébastien Perrin (SU), Paola Galimberti (UniMi)

Interviewee: Daniela Saderi


Main presentation is available here. Daniela Saderi's presentation is available here.