Researchers are weighed and measured in no small part on their publication track record. Scientific publishing, however, has drawn much criticism particularly in recent years, with many considering it a gameable system far removed from its intended purpose: to disseminate and comment on the merit of scientific research. In this talk, we will hear an overview of the longstanding and more recent issues in scientific publishing before moving on to offering alternatives and solutions, some of which can be readily incorporated into a researcher’s day-to-day workflow.

This talk will be given by Dr. Samuel Westwood, lecturer in Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton and a visiting lecturer at the Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London. His research interests span psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, and meta-science (or “research-on-research”). His primary research seeks to understand brain structure-function relationships, but in recent years he has investigated the quality and rigour of research in psychiatry. He is the founder of two initiatives that promote awareness and provide training in open research: the R.I.O.T. Science Club and the King’s Open Research Group Initiative (KORGI). He is also the co-local network lead for the UK Reproducibility Network at the University of Wolverhampton.

The event will take place on June 8th 2021 at 16:00 CEST and will last 60’. An invitation email, including the Zoom link, meeting ID, and password, has been sent via the OSCR mailing list. If you are not part of the mailing list but would like to join, please contact Antonio.

During the Zoom meeting, please follow these guidelines:

  • wear headphones
  • mute your microphone
  • video is optional (in case of connection issues, you may be asked to turn it off)
  • pay attention to the moderator (which will be Elisabet)
  • if you have questions
    • click on the Raise Hand button and the moderator will unmute you; or
    • write down your question in the chat and the moderator will read it

Please remember that attendees of every OSCR event (in-person or online) are required to follow our Code of Conduct.

Hope to see many of you!

Take care,

Samuel Westwood and Antonio Schettino