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 (room K.201).

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.


9:00 – 9:15 Introduction

9:15 – 9:45 Romain Brette (IDV, Paris, France): Decoupling peer review and editorial selection

9:45 – 10:30 Paola Masuzzo (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium): Do you speak open science?

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:45 Stephen Eglen (U Cambridge, UK): Encouraging code and data sharing in neuroscience

11:45 – 12:30 Thierry Galli (Institut Jacques Monod, Paris): Promoting pre-print publishing : a new valid way of publishing in Biology?


14:00 – 14:45 Brandon Stell (CNRS, Paris, France): Introducing post-publication peer review on PubPeer

14:45 – 15:30 Thomas Ingraham (F1000 Research): Reforming and modernizing wasteful and antiquated practices in academic publishing

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 16:45 Frances Skinner (Krembil Research Institute, UHN and Univ Toronto, Canada): eLife from a computational neuroscience insider’s perspective (supplementary slides)

16:45 – 17:30 Nicolas Rougier (Neurodegeneratives Diseases Institute, Inria, Bordeaux, France): ReScience: Publishing on GitHub