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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 3B: Implementing Best Practices…

Practical Skills/Publishing 101
Concurrent 3B: Implementing Best Practices around Open Data, Samples, and Code in Scholarly Publications

Open data connected to research papers form a key part of ensuring integrity and facilitating reuse and new science. Funders are increasingly requiring that research data be available. Many journals and publishers have signed onto guidelines and other statements of commitments (e.g., https://cos.io/top/ and www.copdess.org), and recent best practices are emerging around authorship and how to curate, cite, and license data, code, and samples and link them to the scholarly record. But many publishers and journals are also finding it challenging to practice what is being preached. This session through presentations and a panel discussion will provide an overview of these best practices around open data, code, and samples, as well as emerging standards on authorship; highlight best practices for repositories and the higher challenge of reproducibility, and discuss how to implement these practices in journal workflows. We will also discuss how to engage with the research community to help address cultural challenges for open science and reproducibility. Can publishers and journals work more collaboratively on these issues?

Moderator: Brooks Hanson, American Geophysical Union


David Mellor, Center for Open Science
David Mellor is the Project Manager for Journal and Funder Programs at the Center for Open Science. He is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of policies, practices, and incentive programs that align scientific ideals with scientific rewards in funding and publishing. These programs include the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP, https://cos.io/top) Guidelines, Open Practice Badges (https://cos.io/badges) to reward ideal behaviors, preregistration (https://cos.io/prereg) to distinguish confirmatory from exploratory research, and Registered Reports (https://cos.io/rr) to reduce bias in the scientific literature. David received his PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University and has a background is behavioral ecology and citizen science.
Twitter Handle: EvoMellor
Lynn Yarmey, Research Data Alliance
Lynn Yarmey is the Director of Community Development for the Research Data Alliance United State region. Lynn came to her interest in data through early work as a seagoing programmer/analyst at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and she joined an Ocean Informatics team at SIO supporting the NSF-funded Long-Term Ecological Research program oceanographic sites. Recognizing her interest in data and information management, Lynn enrolled in the Masters program at the top-ranked Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she received a Data Curation Education Program scholarship and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) A. R. Zipf Fellowship in Information Management. She graduated with a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Data Curation. Lynn was the first Science Data Librarian at Stanford University and subsequently as the Lead Data Curator at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Twitter Handle: LynnYarmey
Brooks Hanson, American Geophysical Union
Brooks Hanson serves as the Director of Publications for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He’s responsible for overseeing AGU’s portfolio of many books and 20 journals and their editorial operations, helping set overall editorial policies, and leading future developments. He worked with Kerstin Lehnert and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld to help start the Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (www.COPDESS.org). Before arriving at AGU, he served as the Deputy Editor for Physical Sciences at Science and earlier as an editor at Science. Brooks has a Ph.D. in Geology from UCLA and held a post-doctoral appointment at the Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution. His main areas or research and publications span the tectonics of the western U.S., metamorphic petrology, modeling magmatic and hydrothermal processes, and on scholarly publishing. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of American and Mineralogical Society of America.
Monica Bradford, Science/AAAS
Monica Bradford is the Executive Editor of the Science Journals, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In this position she sets editorial policies, oversees peer-review and selection of manuscripts, and the copyediting and proofreading process for six journals, Over the last twenty-two years, Monica has been involved in the development of Science’s web and digital offerings. Prior to joining the staff of Science, Monica worked for the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society for nine years.