SLUB Lessons in Open Science

Our regular series of events introduces you to all areas of Open Science in short lectures in both German and English. Would you like an event about a specific topic? No problem: feel free to contact us!

Are you looking for funding for your Open Access publication? Or are you wondering how and where you can publish your research data transparently and securely? In our Lessons in Open Science series, you will get answers to these and many other questions about the open research cycle. It's best to already make a note of the next dates: The series starts every year in March and September.

Open Science in 10 x 30 minutes

Each of our lessons is dedicated to one aspect of Open Science and takes around 30 minutes - enough time to get an overview of a topic, but short enough to find a place in your everyday acedemic life.

Curious? Here you can get an overview of all the Lessons in Open Science - along with further materials and presentations on all the talks:

Open Science in a Nutshell

Although everyone is talking about it, the complexity of the concept of Open Science is surprising for many researchers. While the concepts of Open Access and Open Source are established and accepted, Open Evaluation and Open Methodology, for example, are far less known and widespread. The presentation introduces these and other components using the image of an open and sustainable research cycle and thus also lays the conceptual foundation for all further lessons in Open Science.

Open Science in a Nutshell Presentation (English) (html)

Gold Open Access

The topic of Open Access is becoming increasingly important for the research practices of academics due to the increasing requirements of research funding bodies and newly negotiated transformation contracts with publishers (including DEAL contracts). In this presentation, you will learn more about the "Golden Path" and the possibilities for TUD members to fund Open Access publications.

Gold Open Access Presentation ( PDF)

Green Open Access

The "green road" of Open Access publishing - also known as "self-archiving" - refers to the secondary publication of documents already published by a publisher in institutional or disciplinary Open Access repositories. The lecture presents the possibilities of the "green road" and shows the legal framework. You will learn about the advantages of the "green way" and how it fits into the overall concept of Open Science.

Green Open Access Presentation ( PDF)

Creative Commons licences

Creative Commons licences are not only important when searching for re-usable images; free licences also play an increasingly important role in the development of software, in scientific publications and in the sharing and editing of research data of all kinds. This workshop will cover the basics of Creative Commons Licences, their usefulness in the context of copyright law and their various areas of application. In addition, you will learn how you as an author determine the re-use possibilities of your published materials.

Creative Commons Licences Presentation (PDF) (coming soon)

Academic identity management

As a researcher, you are increasingly asked to actively present your work and your institutional affiliation. But how do you ensure that your scientific publications are found and attributed to your person? After all, personal names are neither unmistakable nor unchangeable. Different spellings in different languages and databases make it even more difficult to attribute publications to the right person. As a result, bibliometric indicators such as the H-index provide incorrect results.

In this course, you will receive tips on how you, as an author, can improve your visibility and thus the reach of your research. Learn about

  • different identification systems and their special features,
  • steps for setting up your own author profiles,
  • tips on data maintenance and linking IDs.

Do you already have an ORCID, ResearcherID or Scopus AuthorID? If so, you will receive recommendations here on how to keep these profiles up to date as effectively as possible.

Academic Identity Management Presentation ( PDF)

Repositories - preserving and publishing research data in the long term

Research data underlying scientific publications should be stored securely for at least ten years in accordance with good scientific practices. In addition, funding organisations increasingly require the publication of relevant research data. This is intended to make research traceable and verifiable. But how can it be ensured that the data will still be found and understood in ten years and beyond? How should the data be prepared for this purpose? What needs to be considered when publishing data? And where can support be found for these issues? The workshop provides the basics on the topic and provides answers to these questions.

Repositories Presentation (English) (PDF)

Best practices in data management

Just because you make your data "freely available" does not make it usable. For others to be able to use your data in a meaningful way, you need to prepare and organise it accordingly. The quality of your file names, folder structure and documentation go a long way to ensuring that others can reuse your data.

Unfortunately, many publicly available data sets are not self-explanatory - and their use is therefore not very attractive. Fortunately, it is neither difficult nor time-consuming to maintain your data so that other researchers can examine and work with it. In this lesson, we present best practices for organising and documenting your data.

Data Management Best Practices (PDF)

Data management planning (focus: EU projects)

Funding programmes like Horizon Europe expect applicants to explain how they will manage their research data. Sometimes they even have to develop their own data management plan (DMP). The presentation gives an overview of how applicants should plan and describe their projects. The basis is provided by the FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, Reusability). We focus on the requirements in the Horizon Europe programme and also clarify issues related to the open access of research data.

Data Management Planning Presentation ( PDF)

Pre-registration of scientific studies

Pre-registration has been gaining increasing attention in recent years. Its benefits are widely recognised and not only in the Open Science community. Conscious, formalised and careful planning and decision-making in advance of conducting scientific studies can lead to higher quality and counteract various shortcomings of the current system. The presentation will highlight these shortcomings, describe the systemic and personal benefits of pre-registration, provide an overview of available methods, and address common concerns and barriers in this context.

Pre-registration of Scientific Studies Presentation (PDF)

B!SON - recommendation service for quality-assured Open Access journals

More and more scientific journals are switching to Open Access formats. This development confronts researchers with the question of how they can identify suitable journals for their manuscripts. In the BMBF project "B!SON", SLUB Dresden is working together with other partner institutions to establish a recommendation service for quality-assured OA journals - completely free of charge, compliant with data protection regulations and web-based. The idea: users enter the title, abstract and/or bibliography and then receive a list of suitable OA journals filtered according to relevance - including profiles of each journal to make the selection easier.

The first B!SON prototype has been available since April 2022, the full system went live in April 2023. In addition to a short introduction of the recommendation service, the talk will focus on the presentation and a discussion of the results of the requirements analysis.

B!SON Presentation (German) (PDF)