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Scientists for Open Science
15th September 2021

Impact is more than a statistic.

True impact can be measured, not just by greater visibility and heightened citations, but in influence over public policy, increased international collaboration, or greater trust in science among researchers and the public alike. Transparent signals of rigorous research practice also enhance impact.

Wednesday 15th September

Impact beyond the academy: bringing open science to the public

A conversation covering opportunities for scientists to openly engage beyond the academy and research institutions, and how grassroots organizations have helped increase this activity.



Callam Davidson, Associate Editor, PLOS Medicine, PLOS


Praveen Paul, Co-Founder & Director, Pint of Science

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13 responses to “Impact: Wednesday’s full program”

  1. Ironically, science has been kept in the shackles of slavery. Newtonian theories were replaced by quantum theory. This led to the realisation that subatomic particles exist both as a wave and, matter, having given the freedom to situational expression. Science and peer review have fallen prey to age-old dogma, ancient artillery of power and the monopoly of the mighty not the smart, Peer review need to be block chained and the publication continuously evaluated ,

  2. First
    congratulations to all for the rich contributions reported here. One of the greatest impacts of research is the contributions in the field of application to the promotion of future discoveries and the improvement of new technologies; however, researchers have considerable difficulty regarding the financial issue of publication costs, which limits a considerable number of researchers to publicize their work.

  3. My most fear is the audience, for community health research in International journals.
    At least if it is favouring the related health or science concern e.g diabetes mellitus.
    And as well our African journals may sound to be of low impact factors as compared to journals like Lacent and NEJM. We need to discover how the journal missions advocate the low middle income countries context of research to improve equity and possibly collaboration e.g make the journals affliates

  4. Article processing/publishing charges can be a discouragement to open access dissemination of data. As has been alluded to earlier, most researchers in LMIC use their meagre salary to conduct research out of the need to contribute to knowledge in their field. Same individuals are asked to pay to publish. It is also known that funders are not very likely to support such authors especially because their capacity to execute good work is in doubt. Absence of incentives limit amount of data from such populations.
    The trend needs to change.

  5. I am a postdoctoral fellow researcher in Brazil. My greatest pride is being able to actively participate in the process of making science move forward in Brazil. I continue to guide students at the most varied levels of education, I teach whenever possible and publish my results in the best journals I can, to achieve maximum visibility for the research in which I lead/participate.
    Brazil is going through one of the worst, if not the worst, in recent times for research funding. And its impact is very hard, especially with the scholarship holders, due to the instability of their source of income and the limitation in participating in the rare public announcement for research funding.

  6. Bringing science, whatever its nature, to public is a meticulous work: it should be done with extreme caution and professionalism. In addition, local culture and circumstances should be seriously taken in consideration.
    As we have seen during the COVID pandemic, lay people were confused about the different treatment regimens and policies of management. The transfer of medical science is difficult as variabilities are common and sometimes huge. This might lead to more problems than solutions. It’s important, before bringing medicine to public to “prepare the ground”. People should know that some differences exist, uncertainty is present in some areas, controversy is possible and difference means that optimum is not yet reach.
    When this is clear and known to the public, it’ll be the time to bring science to public and get the profit of that move and not the confusion

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