TU Delft OPEN Publishing, the Open Access academic publisher of TU Delft, publishes Open Access (OA) journals and open textbooks and open books. It is a part of the open science programme of TU Delft that consists of seven interrelated projects: Open Education, Open Access, Open Publishing Platform, FAIR Data, FAIR Software, Open Hardware and Citizen Science.
Although TU Delft OPEN Publishing is a part of the open science programme, I noticed in most of the Open Access (OA) journals published by TU Delft OPEN Publishing, there is a lack of integration of open science principles such as Open Data, Open peer review or authorship transparency in their publication processes. It indicates that not every step of the publication workflow is fully described and available.
In OA journals, authors must share their data when publishing. At the same time, authors, reviewers and editors should be made aware of the importance and benefits of FAIR Data in open publishing. To enable that, we as publishers should provide a toolkit to the journal users so that they can effectively implementation FAIR Data in the publishing workflow.
Ultimately, the success of the project is linked to the open collaboration of the journal editorial boards with authors and users of published articles.
Being part of the Open Science program of the TU Delft, it was important for me to develop Open Science skills while building a deeper understanding and the true meaning behind open leadership, accessibility and openness.
My main objectives were to:
I choose the OLS program for these main reasons:
The initial goal was to make open science principles such as Open Data, Open peer review or authorship and contributor transparency part of the publication processes. However, after discussions with my mentors, it was decided to work on one open science principle at a time. I chose to focus first on Open Data. This project aims to embed FAIR DAta in the OA journals’ publication processes to meet the level of Open quality expected of any TU Delft product falling under the Open Science program. This project will establish in the long term the identity of TU Delft OPEN Publishing as a trustworthy academic publisher within and beyond TU Delft.
Fruitful discussions and exchanges with my mentors and three experts resulted in the plan below.
POC successful the new workflow with open data checking points might be better accepted by the community if it is coming from their peer (editors).
Identify publication workflow stages
3 stages were identified:
Identity in the publication workflow checkpoints for data sharing:
I would like to give back to the OLS community by staying connected with the OLS community and its members. I could in the first instance come back as an expert.
On a personal level I aim to do the followings:
At the start of the programme, I was under the impression that I knew what working open meant but I could not be far from the truth. I was also confronted with the fear of sharing a project openly and its consequences. After a few sessions with my mentors and a few assignments, I soon realised I needed to change my mindset and start from scratch to fully benefit from the program. I struggled with the description of my vision and writing down the unique value proposition of my project. It was also a challenge (and it is still a challenge) to build an open science project and to ask for open feedback from the community.
Here is a summary of the lessons learned:
I would like to thank my two mentors Arielle Bennett and Julien Colomb for dedicating their time to this project and for their valuable guidance. I also would like to thank experts Patricia Herterich, Sara Elgebali and Jez Cope for their advice and for taking the time to talk to me.
Finally, I am grateful to the entire OLS team for setting up this fantastic program and a special thank you to Emmy Tsang for convincing me to join OLS-5.