Open science should be boosted in 2020 as the number of journals with research data policies increases as a result of collective action by publishers, who are being encouraged to adopt a new common framework for journal data policies.
UNESCO Launches a Global Consultation to Develop a Standard-setting Instrument on Open Science
In the context of pressing planetary and socio-economic challenges, sustainable and innovative solutions must be supported by an efficient, transparent and vibrant scientific effort - not only stemming from the scientific community, but from the whole society. Go directly to the questionnaire.
"TOP Factor" Rates Journals on Transparency, Openness
A new tool, created by the advocacy organization Center for Open Science, seeks to change editorial practices. Journals are scored based on ten different criteria, including availability of data and policies on preregistration.
PLOS and the University of California Announce Open Access Publishing Agreement
The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and the University of California (UC) announced a two-year agreement that will make it easier and more affordable for UC researchers to publish in the nonprofit open access publisher’s suite of journals.
Scientists Call for Reform on Rankings and Indices of Science Journals
Researchers are used to being evaluated based on indices like the impact factors of the scientific journals in which they publish papers and their number of citations. A team of 14 natural scientists from nine countries are now rebelling against this practice, arguing that obsessive use of indices is damaging the quality of science.
Metrics of Inequality: The Concentration of Resources in the U.S. Biomedical Elite
Academic scientists and research institutes are increasingly being evaluated using digital metrics, from bibliometrics to patent counts. These metrics are often framed, by science policy analysts, economists of science as well as funding agencies, as objective and universal proxies for scientific worth, potential, and productivity.
Researchers Call on EU Institutions to Ensure Free Circulation of Scientific Knowledge
A joint statement calling on EU institutions to ensure the right of researchers to share their research findings without embargoes or restrictions has today been issued by the Young Academy of Europe and other organisations representing early-career and senior researchers in Europe and beyond.
Macron: 'We Are Not Fast Enough in Investing in the Future'
Emmanuel Macron has urged EU member states to put more money into the collective Brussels pot so Europe can invest in key technologies of the future. The French president said he is "not frustrated but impatient" for the EU to take on bigger projects.