The IGDORE Global Board regrets to announce that we terminated the affiliation of one of our researchers, Dr. Daniel Cebo, on October 1st 2020, for academic misconduct that breached the terms of IGDORE’s scientific Code of Conduct. This post will briefly describe the result of the IGDORE Global Board’s investigation into Dr. Cebo’s research integrity, the actions this led us to take, and how we hope to improve our affiliation process to reduce the likelihood of similar academic misconduct occurring at IGDORE in the future.

Dr. Cebo applied to join IGDORE in January 2020 and was accepted as a member in February. In May 2020, we noticed that he was the sole-author on an article published that month in the EPRA International Journal of Research and Development. As EPRA Journals is listed as a potentially predatory open-access publisher on an archive of Beall’s List, we contacted Dr. Cebo to enquire about his reasons for publishing his article there. Dr. Cebo never provided a direct response to our questions about this matter. When looking deeper into Dr. Cebo’s publication history we noticed that he had previously published several other articles at EPRA Journals and the Global Board decided to commence an investigation into his scientific integrity at the start of September 2020. …


From biomechanics to anarchism.

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Dr Dan Cleather

I currently run an online MSc in strength and conditioning (i.e. the science of physical preparation for sport). Prior to this, I worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the English Institute of Sport, helping Olympic athletes with their training. I have a PhD in bioengineering, and my research is mainly focussed on building computational models that can be used to estimate the muscle and joint contact forces that we experience during movement.

I love that I can show my affiliation to IGDORE alongside my employment at St Mary’s University, and people often ask what it means — giving me the opportunity to wax lyrical about the importance of open science. …


Dr Michelle King-Okoye is leading a team of researchers to examine why people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in developed countries are severely affected by COVID-19.

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Dr Michelle King-Okoye, IGDORE.

“I am saddened by the escalating deaths from COVID-19 among BAME populations and I am dedicated to ensuring that all marginalised communities are included in this research”

In her quest to unearth factors that contribute to the increasing mortality rates among people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in developed countries, Dr King-Okoye, a researcher at The Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE); an affiliated researcher of Ronin Institute and alumna of The University of Surrey, UK is leading an international team of researchers who aim to positively influence policy-making and improve healthcare in developed countries with the results of their study. …


It is with immense sadness and shock we hereby confirm that our dear colleague Dr. Jonathan P. Tennant (Jon) passed away in a motorcycle accident in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, during the early morning of April 9th, local time. Jon was not yet 32 years old. Our most heartfelt condolences go to his family and we wish them all the strength possible in living through the pain of losing their loved one.

Colleagues who want to express condolences to Jon’s family may do so at this dedicated email address: jon@igdore.org. We will save all emails and make sure they reach the family.

The IGDORE Global Board


One of IGDORE’s researchers, Dr. Jon Tennant, has been banned from OpenCon for violation of its Code of Conduct (CoC). Dr. Tennant has made a public statement of apology and acceptance of the ban.

There has been much speculation on Twitter about the nature of the breach. In addition there have been calls on Twitter for IGDORE to share our viewpoints in the matter.

The IGDORE Global Board consists of four members: Dr. Gavin Taylor, Dr. Enrico Fucci, Mr. Daniel Berntsson, and Dr. Rebecca Willén. Only the latter member is active on Twitter. The Global Board would not have been aware of OpenCon’s ban or anything else concerning this case had none of them been on Twitter. We encourage anybody who wishes to communicate formally with the IGDORE Global Board to email board@igdore.org …


On African wildlife, academic stability, and remote work

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Sam’s academic workdesk in South Africa.

I often found myself trying to convince my boss or colleagues to allow me to make our data and code publicly available, to adopt reproducible research practices, to post preprints, and generally to adopt the principles of open science

Tell us a bit about your professional background.

I loved science at school, but I didn’t really know what I could do with it. I remember finding out while studying undergrad biology that some people make a living studying animals in the wild. That sounded like a dream job to me, so I joined an expedition to study primate conservation ecology in the Indonesian rainforest for my Masters. Coming from a city in the UK, this was completely outside my comfort zone, so I really didn’t know how this was going to play out. But on that first expedition I discovered how much I loved working in the outdoors, travelling, and challenging myself physically & mentally. But it also opened my eyes to just how endangered so many species have become, so I wanted to use science to help conserve them. I kept doing this sort of thing more and more, and I looked for ways to live in ‘the field’ rather than just visit. I ended up doing a PhD on carnivore conservation in Zimbabwe starting in 2006, and I sort of never really left Africa, finding ways to keep on doing what I loved. As I was finishing my PhD my wife and I landed a job running a research project on primates and predators with my wife in neighbouring South Africa. We spent the next 5 years living in a tent on a wildlife reserve in the Soutpansberg Mountains. We and spent our time studying leopards, hyaenas, and monkeys, which was amazing. After that we both moved on to our current positions, doing remote postdocs in South Africa on carnivore conservation for different universities. My work focuses on trying and find ways which wildlife can help people and how people can help wildlife. …


On academic nomadism, open science, and IGDORE

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Enrico’s current academic workdesk on a small island in Senegal.

I am not an office person and I realized that working during office hours was actually detrimental in terms of productivity. I also often asked myself why I had to sit in front of a computer at an office when I could do that at home, or while visiting my girlfriend who was living abroad or, even better, in front of the sea.

After obtaining a BSc in Psychology in Milan (IT), I attended a two-years long MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences, held between London and Paris. After that, I enrolled in a PhD program in Neuroscience in Lyon (FR), which I completed in December 2019. Since then, I am trying to set myself up as independent researcher and consultant. I always liked hard science for the clear way in which knowledge is structured and conveyed (or at least that is the impression one gets during the university years!), but I have always had a deep interest in humanities too, especially when it comes to understand social issues. This double interest has shaped my research focus and methodology, as well as my everyday life. Concerning research, I have had and still have the opportunity to work on a very multidisciplinary and captivating topic, which I could summarize as fostering a dialogue between western-based science and contemplative philosophies and practices. Whether it consists in applying brain imaging techniques to study the psychophysiology of advanced Buddhist practices, or measuring affective arousal in novice practitioners who have received teachings on compassion and empathy, this kind of research holds a tremendous social and human side to it. For this reason, I have also been trained in qualitative methods and especially phenomenological approaches, which I try to integrate with third-person data. In the future, I would like to apply these combined methodologies to address research issues in applicative scenarios in the social domain, possibly collaborating with NGOs and associations, as well as continuing working in fundamental research (although I consider that a passion rather than a professional activity). …


On open science and life as a nomadic researcher

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Jon Tennant

I make sure to take a lot of personal downtime, reading, writing, and meditating. This means that when I have my uptime for work, I am at my absolute best and work more effectively than if I were doing a 9–5.

It’s weird. Many moons ago, I was a simple geologist, and spent most of my time falling in love with rocks. In an attempt to diversify my skill set, I started getting more involved in science communication alongside my studies and research. This eventually led to a position working in science policy at the Geological Society in the UK. Here, I was fortunate to learn more about how science and policy interact, and put my communication skills to practice. This proved to be very useful, as I began to engage more with the evolving scholarly publishing and higher education landscape at a time when Open Access and Open Science were really taking off in the UK. After working here, I started a PhD in Palaeontology, and these additional skills and knowledge helped me to be quite effective in disseminating my research, and I became an active member of the growing open science community. After my PhD, I worked at a tech startup called ScienceOpen, based in Berlin, which gave me a deeper understanding of how the scholarly publishing and communication worked. Now though, I have sort of gone rogue or independent as a researcher. I divide my time now between palaeontological research, studying elements of the publishing system such as peer review, as well as challenging the privatisation of scholarly research. Oh, and writing kids books about dinosaurs. …


Written by Dr. Rebecca Willén, IGDORE

I lost my faith in science during my years as a research assistant and PhD student in forensic psychology. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? It was and still is. Here, based on my own personal experience researching forensic psychology, are some reflections on why I am currently part of organizing the 1st Psychology & Law Open Science Conference.

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In 2010, I was a research assistant preparing my application to enter a PhD program. As was common in the laboratory I belonged to, I had (with minor supervision) planned and supervised the process of collecting data for a quasi-experiment testing the effectiveness of a technique for investigative interviewing. Once data collection was finished, we decided how to analyze the data, including which measures to employ and which statistical analyses were appropriate for us to use. …


By Dr. Rebecca Willén, founder of IGDORE

What does it look like when a scientist work?

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Photo: Johan Rudolfsson / IGDORE

Here is someone visiting Bali, Indonesia. Is she working or just browsing the web? Maybe writing an email? Maybe searching for a good nearby restaurant? Maybe doing complicated data analyses for her PhD thesis?

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Photo: Johan Rudolfsson / IGDORE

This is also on Bali, and these guys sure seem to be working. But are they?

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Photo: Private

Another tourist destination, Fuerteventura, Spain. Working? …

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