TIB Open Publishing

TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology’s open-access publishing platform – is a new service. Nevertheless, the first two published conference volumes have been able to benefit from various features of our service: All contributions have been released under CC BY 4.0 and the copyright remains with the authors. The published contributions are archived via the TIB’s long-term archiving system. For this purpose, we have developed a plugin that transfers metadata and files from OJS to Rosetta. We deliver the publications to the German National Library and they are referenced in the Verbundkatalog K10plus and can thus be found in the TIB Portal. We are fond of persistent identifiers and use ISSNs (online), Crossref DOIs, ORCIDs, and RORs for the publications. To enable the latter we developed a ROR Plugin for OJS. For some of the contributions, we are already able to provide full-text XML. In doing so, we converted template-compliant Word submissions to JATS XML within OJS. We then post-processed this JATS XML using the Texture Editor in OJS. Online representation of the XML is created using the LensGalleyBits plugin, which generates a dynamic HTML view. The protection of personal data is very important to us. Therefore, we have modified our OJS so that editors from one publication cannot search user data from another publication, even though both publications run on the same OJS instance. In the future we would like to be able to offer full-text XML also for LaTeX submissions and we would like to generate HTML and PDF directly from the XML files. Besides simplifying the workflow we also want to improve the layout of the output formats. Furthermore, we are aiming to improve the presentation and handling of conference publications with OJS and are in an exchange with PKP on this.


Social Science Reproduction Platform (SSRP)

The Social Science Reproduction Platform (SSRP) is an openly licensed platform that facilitates the sourcing, cataloging, and review of attempts to verify and improve the computational reproducibility of social science research. Computational reproducibility is the ability to reproduce the results, tables, and other figures found in research articles using the data, code, and materials made available by the authors. The SSRP is meant to be used in combination with the Guide for Accelerating Computational Reproducibility (ACRe Guide), a protocol that includes detailed steps and criteria for assessing and improving reproducibility.

Assessments of reproducibility often gravitate towards binary judgments that declare entire papers as “reproducible” or “not reproducible”. The SSRP allows for a more nuanced approach to reproducibility, where reproducers analyze individual claims and their associated display items, and take concrete steps to improve their reproducibility. SSRP reproductions are transparent and reproducible in themselves since they are based on the ACRe Guide’s standardized reproduction protocol and publicly document their analyses to allow for collaboration, discussion, and reuse. Sign up for a free account now to get started in improving computational reproducibility—one claim at a time!

SSRP was developed as part of the Accelerating Computational Reproducibility in Economics (ACRE) project led by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS in collaboration with the AEA Data Editor).


Tropy – Research Photo Manegement

Tropy is free, open-source software that allows you to organize and describe photographs of research material. Once you have imported your photos into Tropy, you can combine photos into items (e.g., photos of the three pages of a letter into a single item), and group photos into lists. You can also describe the content of a photograph. Tropy uses customizable metadata templates with multiple fields for different properties of the content of your photo, for example, title, date, author, box, folder, collection, archive. You can enter information in the template for an individual photo or select multiple photos and add or edit information to them in bulk. Tropy also lets you tag photos. You can also add one or more notes to a photo; a note could be a transcription of a document. A search function lets you find material in your photos, using metadata, tags, and notes.

  • Tropy is not photo editing software (e.g., Photoshop). It offers only basic editing functions (rotate, crop, zoom, and a few others) sufficient to allow you to make the content of a photo legible.
  • Tropy is not a citation manager (e.g., Zotero). It does not capture metadata from online catalogs or finding aids. It does not generate citations for use in word-processing software.
  • Tropy is not a platform for writing up your research (e.g., DEVONthink). While it does allow you to take notes attached to photos, you cannot use it to create any other kind of document.
  • Tropy is not a platform for presenting your research online (e.g., Omeka). It operates on your personal computer, not on a server. You can export your projects to JSON-LD and to Omeka S, where you can create online exhibits.



KerkoApp is a web application that uses Kerko to provide a user-friendly search and browsing interface for sharing a bibliography managed with the Zotero reference manager. It is built in Python with the Flask framework.

Although this application may be deployed as is on a web server, it is primarily meant to serve as an example on how to integrate Kerko into a Flask application.

Basic configuration options can be set with environment variables, but for more advanced customizations one should consider building a custom application (possibly using KerkoApp as a starting point), and configuring Kerko through its Python interface.



Zotfile is a Zotero plugin to manage your attachments: automatically rename, move, and attach PDFs (or other files) to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader (e.g. an iPad, Android tablet, etc.) and extract annotations from PDF files.



TemaTres is an open source vocabulary server, web application to manage and exploit vocabularies, thesauri, taxonomies and formal representations of knowledge. Require PHP, MySql and HTTP Web server.



Publons aims to speed up research by harnessing the power of peer review. 

We provide a platform that allows researchers to track, verify and be recognised for their peer review and editorial work. A researcher’s peer review and editorial contributions can be displayed on their public Publons profile to show the world the impact they have on their research field and enhance their career.