The first objective of the second phase of Opening Reproducible Research (o2r) is “Use ERCs for actual scientific publications”. In several work packages the o2r team will implement pilots. In collaboration pilots, we work with publishers on Virtual Special Issues (VSIs). In these VSIs, submitted articles will have ERCs as supplemental material - an evolutionary use of ERCs. In a self-hosted pilot, we want to realise a more revolutionary use of ERCs. By extending Open Journal Systems (OJS) we make the ERC the item under review in a demonstration journal. The pilots are supported by operating infrastructure and supporting authors, reviewers, and readers to engage with ERCs.
The diversity of the VSIs, potentially covering journals from a variety of geoscience disciplines, allows to reach the broad authorship and readership of the involved journals. It evaluates the creation and inspection process for ERCs outside of a prototypical lab setting, so the technical infrastructure for ERCs is completely overhauled to support a growing number of users.
The self-hosted pilot replaces the traditional paper with ERCs. It demonstrates ERCs’ potential to stakeholders and provides a platform for evaluation of ERCs in education. The three pilots cover current publication practices from large scale publishers to independent journals. All pilots require the integration of o2r services and tools in existing, established IT systems and organisational workflows. The pilots are accompanied by monitoring and user studies. The pilots will provide crucial data to learn about the costs and benefits of ERC-based research publications.
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The first plans for the self-hosted pilot based on OJS are described in this blog post: https://o2r.info/2019/10/15/Opening-Reproducible-Research-with-OJS/
The self-hosted pilot will be used to investigate the impact of ERCs on understanding by preparing articles used in education as an ERC as a replacement or complement to reading material in a geoinformatics seminar.
We are looking for feedback on these plans and are open for collaboration with OJS developers and OJS journal maintainers who are interested in enhanced publications powered by OJS.
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"Pilots" (2019) in Opening Reproducible Research: a research project website and blog. Daniel Nüst, Marc Schutzeichel, Markus Konkol (eds). Zenodo. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1485437