This is a one-day workshop at the Computational Neuroscience conference in Antwerp, to be held on 20 July 2017: “Emerging models in scientific communication and discussion”, organized by Romain Brette.

The academic publishing system is undergoing large changes towards a more open process, including the increasing use of preprints, open access and open data repositories. This move is especially important for computational and theoretical neuroscience, which require the availability of empirical data and model code. Several recent experiments aim at opening the scientific discussion itself, where not only the article but also the reaction of the community is published. Different models are being experimented; anonymous or signed reviews; invited or spontaneous; led by authors or editors. It has also been suggested that the social web (e.g. reddit, stackexchange) might provide relevant models.

In this workshop, we will explore emerging open models in academic publishing, with speakers presenting concrete experiments. Ample room will be reserved for discussion, in particular as it relates to concrete projects for the computational neuroscience community.

Speakers

  • Romain Brette (Vision Institute, Paris, France), on decoupling peer review and editorial selection (see Brette’s free journal).
  • Brandon Stell (CNRS, Paris, France), Founder of PubPeer, “the online journal club”.
  • Nicolas Rougier (Neurodegeneratives Diseases Institute, Inria, Bordeaux, France), editor-in-chief of ReScience, a journal publishing replications of computational research.
  • Paola Masuzzo (U. Ghent, Belgium), author of “Do You Speak Open Science? Resources and Tips to Learn the Language”.
  • Thomas Ingraham (F1000 Research), publishing editor of F1000 Research, a journal with post-publication review.
  • Thierry Galli (Institut Jacques Monod, Paris), representing ASAP Bio, which advocates the use of preprints in life sciences.
  • Frances Skinner (Krembil Research Institute, Canada), reviewing editor of eLife.
  • Stephen Eglen (U. Cambridge, UK), on scientific communication beyond the pdf.

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