Responsible Research Network, Finland | DORA

“Finland is among the first countries to have developed national recommendations on responsible research evaluation. In 2020, a task force formed by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies published the “Good Practice in Researcher Evaluation: Recommendation for Responsible Evaluation of a Researcher in Finland.”1 A major driver for the national recommendation was the need to make conscious decisions in evaluation processes. Although many national entities were involved in developing the Recommendation, the approach is considered “bottom-up” and there was broad and enthusiastic buy-in among Finnish academic stakeholders….

A national task force was founded based on shared concerns identified by learned societies, research funders, policy organizations, publishers, national open science coordination, and the national research integrity board. While many national entities were involved in the Recommendation’s creation, the approach is considered “bottom-up”; in Finland there is a historic culture of autonomy for academic stakeholders….

In addition, the Recommendation timing coincided with the uptake of FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data and open science initiatives in Finland. These initiatives incentivize and reward researchers for producing open and FAIR data, and align with the Recommendation. In the coming years, the focus will be on building the capacity to move evaluation practices beyond quantitative publication metrics and in closer alignment with the goals of the Recommendation….”

Finland: Follow the Number of OA Articles

Researchers from Finnish universities and research institutions, can publish their articles open access thanks to the FinELib Consortium agreements. A total of 2929 open articles were published in 2020. The number of open access articles increases as more and more researchers utilise the open access benefits included in the consortium agreements.

You can track the yearly development in the number of open access articles on FinELib’s new web page.

IEEE Reaches a Transformative Open Access Read and Publish Agreement with Finnish Consortium FinELib

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and FinELib, a consortium of Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes, and public libraries, have entered an Open Access Read and Publish agreement. For more information, see https://finelib.fi/iel-agreement. 

Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication | helsinki-initiative.org

“Research is international. That’s the way we like it! Multilingualism keeps locally relevant research alive. Protect it! Disseminating research results in your own language creates impact. Endorse it! It is vital to interact with society and share knowledge beyond academia. Promote it! Infrastructure of scholarly communication in national languages is fragile. Don’t lose it!

The signatories of the Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication support the following recommendations to be adopted by policy-makers, leaders, universities, research institutions, research funders, libraries, and researchers:…”

Academy of Finland to adopt reform – Academy of Finland

“Starting with calls to be opened after 1 January 2021, the Academy of Finland will introduce a number of reforms concerning open access to scientific publications and responsible researcher evaluation. Through the reforms, the Academy wants to further strengthen its long-established policies on openness of scientific outputs and responsibility in researcher evaluation.

The policies are supported by the Academy’s commitments to international and national declarations over the past two years: the Plan S initiative for open access publishing (2018), the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) for improved research assessment (2019), the national recommendation on responsible researcher evaluation (2020), and the Finnish Declaration for Open Science and Research (2020)….”

Implementing Open Science policies into library processes – case study of the University of Eastern Finland library

Abstract:  This is a case study about the creation of open science services in the University of Eastern Finland. The library has overseen the open science services that have been actively implemented from 2010 onwards due to the development of the digitalisation of science and open science policies. A survey was conducted to determine how the UEF’s academic faculty use the services provided as well as their attitudes towards opening their own research findings in this manner. The researchers seem to be most interested in issues that influence their daily work, i.e. data management plans and opening their publications. It seems that the culture of openness is still at the development stage within UEF. The innovators, i.e. active research groups and researchers, are already practicing and encouraging openness, but the majority of the academic staff seems to be either unaware of open science or unwilling to implement it, due to the fact that incentives and career advancements still support the traditional way of conducting research.

 

FinELib and Taylor & Francis open up publishing choices for researchers in Finland – Taylor & Francis Newsroom

“FinELib, the Finnish library consortium, and Taylor & Francis Group, one of the world’s leading academic publishers, have announced a new ‘read & publish’ agreement, which runs until the end of 2022.

Along with continued access to Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals, researchers based at one of the 15 participating Finnish institutions are now able to publish their articles open access in over 2000 Taylor & Francis Open Select (hybrid) journals without needing to pay an article publishing charge. The agreement will cover about 75% of the total article output….”

FinELib and Taylor & Francis open up publishing choices for researchers in Finland – Taylor & Francis Newsroom

“FinELib, the Finnish library consortium, and Taylor & Francis Group, one of the world’s leading academic publishers, have announced a new ‘read & publish’ agreement, which runs until the end of 2022.

Along with continued access to Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals, researchers based at one of the 15 participating Finnish institutions are now able to publish their articles open access in over 2000 Taylor & Francis Open Select (hybrid) journals without needing to pay an article publishing charge. The agreement will cover about 75% of the total article output….”

Underteckna deklarationen för öppen vetenskap och forskning 2020–2025 | Avoin tiede

“The Declaration for Open Science and Research is the common vision of the Finnish research community. According to the vision, open science and research should be part of the researchers’ everyday lives, and transparency should support both the impact of the various end products that the research results in and the quality of the research. The Finnish research community will also be an international pioneer in open science and research.

The path to realizing the vision is described in the mission of open science and research. The mission is to:

promote openness as a fundamental value in the entire research community’s activities;
strengthen the level of education and innovation in society and 
improve the quality of scientific and artistic research and the teaching materials based on it, and the smooth exchange and impact of research output throughout society, between researchers and research groups, between research areas, between research and education, between researchers and companies, the public sector and third sector and between researchers and community decision-makers as well as citizens. …”

Scandinavian universities perform dismally at reporting clinical trial results

“Universities across Finland, Norway and Sweden have failed to upload the results of hundreds of clinical trials onto the EU Clinical Trial Register, in violation of EU transparency rules….”

GOOD PRACTICE IN RESEARCHER EVALUATION. RECOMMENDATION FOR THE RESPONSIBLE EVALUATION OF A RESEARCHER IN FINLAND

“This is a recommendation for the responsible evaluation of a researcher. In this context, a researcher is a person who is a member of the teaching and research staff of a Finnish university or research institute or is primarily engaged in research or applying for research funding. This recommendation has been drafted from the point of view of an individual researcher evaluation. The same principles should be followed when evaluating research organizations, research units, and research in a broader context. The recommendation is recommended to use in conjunction with The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity’s (TENK) template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae. This recommendation was accepted on 4th of February, 2020, by a working group set up by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) in October 2018….”