LERU presents advice paper on Open Science
LERU, the League of European Research Universities, has presented its new advice paper on Open Science and the cultural change that is needed for universities and other stakeholders to embrace it.
The LERU universities are convinced Open Science brings new and exciting opportunities for academia and for how academics interact with society. They also realise, however, that for universities and other stakeholders to embrace Open Science principles, policies and practices, there needs to be a culture change in these organisations if this transition is to be successfully negotiated.
The LERU advice paper discusses the eight pillars of Open Science identified by the European Commission (the future of scholarly publishing, FAIR data, the European Open Science Cloud, education and skills, rewards and incentives, next-generation metrics, research integrity, and citizen science), analyses what the introduction of Open Science approaches means at university level in each of these eight themed areas and identifies possible benefits and challenges. For each of the eight Open Science areas, recommendations about what universities can do are formulated. The paper also offers some high level conclusions and 41 recommendations to transition at the institutional level and provides a set of questions which universities can use to measure their progress in implementing Open Science approaches institutionally. LERU points out that the paper and its recommendations are intended to serve as a roadmap to accompany universities´ efforts towards Open Science, leaving room for each institution to carve out its own path, strategy and actions.
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