Advancing a publicly owned and not-for-profit scholarly communication ecosystem based on the principles of open science

“Joint response by the European University Association (EUA), Science Europe, Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), Association of ERC Grantees (AERG), Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), cOAlition S, OPERAS, and French National Research Agency (ANR). We welcome the adoption by the Council of the European Union (EU) of the conclusions on highquality, transparent, open, trustworthy, and equitable scholarly publishing. As key public research and innovation actors in Europe, we are committed to supporting the development of a publicly owned, not-for-profit scholarly communication ecosystem in collaboration with policymakers in Europe and beyond….”

Survey on Open Science awareness and experience with open research publishing platforms

“The European Commission will soon launch Open Research Europe (ORE), a new Open Access Publishing Platform for H2020 beneficiaries, offering rapid publication of articles and other research outputs without editorial bias. All articles will benefit from transparent peer review and editorial guidance on making all source data openly available. ORE is a significant step towards Open Science in Europe and Eurodoc, as an expert partner of the project, will ensure that the voice of early-career researchers is heard.

This survey aims to provide the ORE team with much-needed insights on the awareness, perception and experience with open practices and tools from the doctoral candidates’ and junior researchers’ perspective. Your answers will really help and may directly affect how one of the future core European Open Science instruments will function. Let’s make an impact together!…”

Eurodoc Open Science Ambassador Training | Eurodoc

“The Eurodoc Open Science Ambassador Training is a course designed by Gareth O’Neill and Ivo Grigorov to train researchers in key practices in Open Science. The course was initially aimed at representatives of early-career researchers from National Associations of Eurodoc to act as ambassadors in their networks and is now freely available for all interested researchers and policy makers. This course ran from March until August 2019 and was facilitated by Roberta Moscon on an Erasmus+ Staff Exchange. A total of 24 ambassadors successfully completed the course in 2019….”

Press Release: Researchers respond to revised guidance for Plan S – Young Academy of Europe

The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), and the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) jointly welcome the revised implementation guidance for Plan S published by cOAlition S on 31 May 2019. Revisions to the guidance are based on 600+ feedback submissions to the open consultation that represented both individual and organisational stakeholders including researchers.

Our three organisations recognised the need to revise the scholarly publishing system and chose to work constructively with cOALition S to ensure full and immediate Open Access without adversely affecting researchers. We jointly supported the principles of Plan S with critical comments for further development and subsequently submitted feedback to the implementation guidance for Plan S with comprehensive recommendations. We are pleased to see greater clarity in the revised guidance details and believe that the three routes to compliance in Plan S will provide researchers with ample options to publish their research….”

Eurodoc | European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers

Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It is an international federation of 29 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of young researchers from 28 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Eurodoc’s objectives are:

  • To represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers.
  • To advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe.
  • To promote the circulation of information on issues regarding young researchers; organize events, take part in debates and assist in the elaboration of policies about Higher Education and Research in Europe.
  • To establish and promote co-operation between national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers within Europe….”

PRESS RELEASE: Researchers Respond to Implementation of Plan S | Eurodoc

joint response to the implementation guidance for Plan S has today been issued by three organisations representing early-career and senior researchers in Europe. The response by the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), and the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) offers concrete recommendations on the proposed guidance for implementing Open Access via Plan S.

Our three organisations represent a broad spectrum of researchers in Europe: Eurodoc represents 100000+ doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers from 29 national associations across Europe; MCAA has 10000+ members who are alumni fellows of the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions (MSCA); YAE consists of 200+ outstanding and recognised researchers in Europe. We all strongly support the main goals of Open Science and Plan S.

The joint response builds upon previous recommendations by our organisations on the principles of Plan S and aims to ensure its realistic implementation from the perspective of European researchers. Eurodoc President Gareth O’Neill: “Plan S has shaken the academic community awake and created a lively discussion on Open Access publishing. cOAlition S has addressed some key concerns from researchers in the technical guidance but still leaves other issues open and sets too strict standards for the desired broad adoption of Plan S.” …”

Joint Statement on Implementation Guidance for Plan S

“Plan S is an initiative by cOAlition S to achieve full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications after 01 January 2020 in Europe. At the heart of the plan are 10 principles currently being developed into a set of implementation guidelines. We, representatives of early-career and senior researchers across Europe, have already commented on Plan S and hereby reaffirm our general support and offer our views on the implementation guidance….”

Joint Statement on Open Access for Researchers via Plan S

“Plan S calls for all scientific publications on the results of research funded by national and European research councils and funding bodies to be published in compliant Open Access journals or on compliant Open Access platforms by 01 January 2020. The plan was initiated by the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission and Science Europe and will be implemented by cOAlition S. The coalition currently includes 11 national funders and is supported by the European Commission and European Research Council. Plan S consists of 10 principles to be enacted by coalition members. We, representatives of early-career and senior researchers in Europe, commend cOAlition S for taking this bold and ambitious step towards Open Access and offer our support as well as comments on implementing Plan S….

(4) We agree with immediate Open Access and that there should be no embargo periods on publications. We note a lack of explicit reference to the role of ‘green’ publishing and the relation between green and ‘gold’ publishing in Plan S. We understand that the green route in Plan S refers to self-archiving a final version of a publication without an embargo period whereby the author retains copyright under an open licence. We believe that such a green route is a viable and sustainable alternative to the fee-based gold route and could play a key role in the shift to immediate Open Access. We encourage RPOs and RFOs not to focus solely on the gold route but to adopt an ‘always green optionally gold’ publishing policy. We also encourage publishers to offer a green route option for publications as per criteria in Plan S….”


PRESS RELEASE: Researchers Support Open Access via Plan S | Eurodoc

“Three organisations representing early-career and senior researchers across Europe have today released a Joint Statement on Open Access for Researchers via Plan S (PDF 303 Kb).The statement from the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc)Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), and Young Academy of Europe (YAE) welcomes and supports proposals from a coalition of national research funding organisations in Europe to achieve full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications by 01 January 2020….”