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Open Science: EUA discusses the future of scientific publishing, open research data and alternative metrics

18 May 2017

The EUA High-Level Group on “big deals” with scientific publishers and the Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science met in Brussels on 4-an5 May 2017 to discuss the future of scientific publishing, open research data and alternative metrics.

Both groups were established by the EUA Council between 2015 and 2016 in order to take the lead in policy developments in the field of Open Science.

The High-Level Group specifically brings together university rectors and other leaders engaged in the negotiation of “big deals” with publishers on behalf of universities, and supports universities and national rectors’ conferences (NRCs) in these processes. For its fourth meeting, the group  focused on two main issues related to the transition towards an open scientific publishing system: offset agreements in negotiations for open access (OA) to research publications situated within a gold OA context, and recommendations for green OA compliance. The group also discussed future models of sustainable and open academic publishing.

In a common session, the High-Level Group and the Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science welcomed Professor Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter/Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), to participate in a round table discussion on OA from the perspective of the OSPP. Her presentation centred on five key principles as building blocks for more openness in scientific publishing: sustainability, transparency, incentives, research evaluation and community involvement.

The Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science, comprising 20 experts designated by their respective NRCs, held its sixth meeting and discussed a variety of topics, including preliminary results of the 2016/17 edition of EUA’s annual survey on institutional OA policies and the forthcoming report on the 2015/16 outcomes; developing recommendations to turn OA into reality by 2020; alternative metrics; and engagement of researchers in open science.

The Expert Group also welcomed Professor Doris Wedlich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Research Data Alliance (RDA), who gave a talk on RDA’s role in enabling worldwide data sharing. Her presentation dealt particularly with the overall mission of RDA to encourage researchers and innovators to openly share data across technologies, disciplines and countries in order to address grand societal challenges. Professor Wedlich also presented RDA recommendations and outputs in areas such as data foundation, terminology and interoperability; data citation, bibliometrics and workflows; and metadata standards.

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