Corona virus will strengthen Open Science | LERU

“The pandemic is a chance to show that Open Science practices, such as sharing the data from trials and investigations, make it possible to find successful treatments and develop successful vaccines quickly, for the benefit of society. So while the pandemic is an appalling threat, it’s also an amazing opportunity to change research culture, so that we emerge from the pandemic stronger than when we went in….”

Towards a Research Integrity Culture at Universities: From Recommendations to Implementation

“In recent years there has a been a cultural change in which the outcomes of research are expected to be available to a wider public, in what has been termed ‘open science’. This brings both opportunities and challenges with regard to research integrity and researchers should be made aware of this. With research open to a wider public, there are opportunities for greater awareness and scrutiny of research results. Universities should encourage researchers to make research data ‘open’ and provide a research infrastructure in which responsible management of research data is facilitated. Guidance should be developed for researchers on the appropriate use of secondary data from other sources. Research should be credited in a proper and transparent way through responsible authorship or acknowledgment, and previously published research should be properly cited….”

Data Summit in Paris | LERU

“The international Research Data Rights Summit was held at Sorbonne University on Monday, 27 January. This initiative brought together nine major networks of research-intensive universities from major regions of the world. It was an opportunity to sign the “Sorbonne Declaration” on the rights of research data. This text strongly affirms the willingness of universities to share their data while firmly calling on governments to adopt a clear legal framework to regulate this sharing and to provide the means to put it in place. …”

Plan S – To be a winner, plan to win | LERU

“The majority of the points made by LERU in its response to the initial announcement of the impending launch of Plan S have been addressed in the Implementation Plan, and this is welcome. LERU stressed that the original goal of full transition to Open Access by 1 January 2020, from the point of view of logistics, was impossible. The Implementation Plan acknowledges this and now sees implementation as beginning on 1 January 2020. The wider context of Open Access is also addressed in the Implementation Plan. Signatories of Plan S will sign the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and implement its stipulations. Similarly, the Implementation Plan recognizes the calls made by LERU and others to be more explicit about the role of Green Open Access repositories in the transition to full Open Access (OA)….”

Accelerating the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications: LERU’s reaction to Plan S

The League of European Research Universities (LERU)reaction to the announcement of ‘Plan S’

“Plan S represents a bold plan fundamentally to change the pattern of academic publishing, moving decisively away from subscription journals to full and immediate Open Access (OA). From 1 January 2020 academic publications, where the research has been funded by public grants provided by national and European Research Councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access platforms. The vision is ambitious and represents a further step in the unstoppable move to immediate Open Access. The researchers will retain their copyright and will not be able to assign it to publishers as a condition of being published. Article Processing Charges (APCs) will be capped at a certain level and, crucially, payment of hybrid APCs will no longer be possible via this funding mechanism.”

The LERU Roadmap towards Open Access: LERU Open Access Working Group (June 2011)

“The two basic mechanisms through which researchers can make their work freely available are often termed as the ‘gold route’ and the ‘green route.’ The adoption of either or both routes could lead to a transformation in the means of disseminating research outputs by LERU and other universities across the globe….”

Open Access to Research Publications (2012)

“Open Access represents a conscious decision by the League of European Research Universities to investigate new models for scholarly communication and the dissemination of research outputs emanating from researchers….The LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access gives fuller details of Open Access developments and implementations in LERU institutions. LERU strongly advocates that the Horizon 2020 programme adopt the position outlined in this guidance paper….”