BDJ and Editor-in-Chief Vince Smith join Open Research Week 2023

10 January 2023

This year, between 28th February and 3rd March, the annual ‘Open Research Week’ will be once again running as an online event dedicated to a diverse and wide range of aspects of open research, such as publishing in data journals, promoting open research in smaller institutions, measuring openness, reward and recognition.

In 2023, the 5th Open Research Week will be opened by a keynote from Dr Ross Mounce, Director of Open Access at the Arcadia Fund and closed by Ashley Farley, Programme Officer The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

On Wednesday, 1st March 2023, at a session titled “Is This the Moment for Data Journals?”, the hosts will welcome the Editors-in-Chief of our Biodiversity Data Journal: Dr Vincent Smith and The Journal of Open Humanities Data’s Dr. Barbara McGillivray to a discussion about the mission and aims of their scholarly outlets, as well as the approaches to open research and open science in two different scientific fields.

Together, they will also be seeking answers to ‘Why are we using the journal format to share datasets?’, ‘What can we achieve by promoting the re-use of data in this way?’ and ‘Is there a growing need for data journals?


Make sure to secure your spot at the session by completing the registration form on the “Is This the Moment for Data Journals?” event webpage.

All nine events that will be taking place over the four days of the Open Research Week 2023 will be online and free to attend, but seats are limited.

Please also note that you will need to do a separate registration for each event you wish to attend.


The Open Research Week event - funded by Wellcome Trust and formerly called ‘Love Data Week’ - has been taking place every February since 2018. In 2020, it switched to an online format, which helped its attendance rise to over 1,000 participants annually. It is organised jointly by the University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University and Liverpool John Moores University.

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