Guidelines for nominating content by Volunteer Editors OpenMethods introduction to: Guidelines for nominating content by Volunteer Editors 2017-07-26 08:44:51 Delphine Montoliu Blog post


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Instructions for Nominating Content


– OpenMethods highlights already published content: we do not publish original contributions on OpenMethods. All selected content has to be already published elsewhere. It can be blog posts, reports, presentations, working papers, data papers, articles or book chapters. It is not a problem if a content is already highlighted on another platform. Content with persistent identifiers (uri, handle, doi) are of course more than welcome.

– You have to select only Open Access content/data.


1. For nominating posts, first you have to put the tool “Nominate this” on your toolbar:

– go to the Dashboard (on the top left of your screen, click on OpenMethods > Dashboard), on the left column go to PressForward > All content

– click on “Nominate this” and move it to your toolbar

– you have your tool for nominating !


2. Now, you have to go to the blog/website from which you want to nominate a post.

3. Don’t click on “Nominate this” immediately. Select a paragraph you think is very interesting to appear on the OpenMethods homepage in order to induce OpenMethods users to click on the source link afterwards.

So select and click on “Nominate this”. A new page opens: write an introduction in English (500 characters max) before the content, and sign it with your name.

Ex.: “Introduction by Volunteer Editor (name): text.”

4. Finally click on “Nominate”. An OpenMethods Editor will highlight your selection on the metablog soon.


You can also submit content without registration as Volunteer Editor by going to the page: Submit a content.



1. Scope. We understand that we focus on methods. For instance, do we include a post which reports research undertaken with certain method, but does not exactly focus on the method itself? What kind of content we’re NOT including?
=> Only if it includes an extensive description of the methods and/or tools itself. If the methods and/or tools are only mentioned but not described, this should not be included on OpenMethods.

2. Types. Do we accept all types of content (providing it is relevant) or exclude some types or genres, for instance reviews (though they actually are helpful), conference reports, PPT/Prezi presentations, video lectures, databases (e.g. NeDiMAH directory of projects)?
=> Providing it is relevant, we definitely can accept any (or almost) types of content. But not databases because OpenMethods is not aiming at being a registry, however a description, review, … of said databases would be welcome.

3. Older content. Do we set any time-boundaries concerning the content we want to feature?
=> We believe that having “old” content is not an issue for OpenMethods. We wouldn’t like to put a limit or a ratio on the number of old/recent content neither. If the content is still relevant today, it is welcome on OpenMethods.

4. Self-nomination. Since we are a group of experts we also produce content of relevance for OpenMethods, esp. in our national languages. What is the policy on featuring editors’ own content?
=> We asked editors to join as experts so it is normal they already published on the topic. It is ok to use OpenMethods to republish their own content in a “fair” limit.