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Hindawi at CERN: aligning Open Science with customers' needs

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How is Hindawi aligning Open Science with the needs of the research community? We joined CERN for Open Access week 2022 to discuss this question.

During Open Access Week 2022, 24th to 28th of October 2022, the CERN Scientific Information Service organized an online event dedicated to the CERN community: Open Access Week @CERN.

Hindawi was asked to participate in the event alongside other publishers of journals relevant for the CERN community.

A diverse range of topics were addressed during the event: from the historical perspective of OA at CERN to practical sessions from the publishers to support authors in publishing their work OA. All the sessions were entirely free and open and the event recording and slides are available here.

Speakers from Hindawi, Eti Moore, Senior Researcher Engagement Manager, and Alessandra Auddino, Solution Analyst in the Open Science team, presented Hindawi’s talk: Open Science; how can publishers align their services with your needs?

Hindawi’s values are aligned with the idea of maximizing the impact of scientific research through openness and global collaboration, because we firmly believe science works best when research is open.

We believe that the scientific knowledge we publish at Hindawi needs to be open, collaborative, inclusive, interdisciplinary and reliable. Our main goal is to preserve the right of others to reach independent conclusions about published science.

Adopting open outputs and infrastructure, and ensuring that research, data, publications and software is accessible, is only the first step. Open science starts with producing and using open outputs and infrastructure (following shared and open standards), but without a cultural change, including the values, practice and behaviour of the wider community (such as leaving behind the heavy reliance on Impact Factor and H-index for example) nothing will change on a larger scale. Open Science can happen only through a cultural change!

We recognise that CERN and other likeminded institutions are well ahead of us driving the cultural change that we, as a publisher, have the responsibility to be part of.

Open Science promotes equitable opportunities for innovation, it increases scientific collaborations and sharing of information for the benefit of science and society. It is essential in supporting an evidence-informed approach in the decision-making process to face the complex and interconnected environmental, social and economic challenges like pandemics and climate change etc.

Part of the cultural change is recognizing that we, as publishers, have many different customers: all those actors who fund, create, discover and reuse the research (human or machine).

The Open Science team at Hindawi wants to work with our customers and stakeholders in capturing and anticipating their needs with innovative Open Science services that can globally scale. For this reason, the Open Science team is doing research about how to best support non-traditional research outputs, such as preprints, and in investigating innovative and more open methods and practices, such as transparent peer review. We want also to enable the connection of people, organisations and research outputs through Scholarly Persistent Identifiers and open infrastructures in order to optimise our workflow and reduce the burden of the researchers in adopting all those behaviours that promote Open Science and the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability of scientific knowledge.

The Open Science team want to thank CERN for inviting us to participate in their Open Science week and to everyone who came along and ask questions. We are looking forward to collaborating with researchers, institutions, and publishers even more and working together to provide Open Science services across the research community.

Watch the full presentation >>

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