The University of Maryland Department of Psychology Leads the Way in Aligning Open Science with Promotion & Tenure Guidelines – SPARC

“The University of Maryland is rewarding faculty members in the department of psychology who perform and disseminate research in accordance with open science practices. In April, the department adopted new guidelines that explicitly codify open science as a core criteria in tenure and promotion review….”


HELIOS Launches with Focus on Collective Action

On March 31, 2022, presidents and high-level presidential representatives from 65 colleges and universities participated in the first convening of the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS). HELIOS emerges from the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science. Current members collectively represent 1.8 million students, faculty, and staff. The key outcome of the meeting was a clear commitment to collective action to advance open scholarship.

College and University Leaders Join Forces to Advance Open Science

In a push to make scholarly outputs more transparent and beneficial to a broader community, leaders from a diverse array of 65 U.S. colleges and universities are joining forces to advance the principles and practices of open scholarship. The partnership will ensure that as many students, faculty, practitioners, policy makers, and community members as possible have access to, and a voice in, research and scholarship.

Caitlin Carter Joins ORFG as HELIOS Project Coordinator

The Open Research Funders Group is pleased to announce that Caitlin Carter has joined the organization as the inaugural Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS) Project Coordinator. In her new role, Caitlin will operationalize HELIOS, an ambitious effort to align higher education practices and incentives with open research values.

Project Coordinator for the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS)

“The Project Coordinator will be responsible for operationalizing the HELIOS concept.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

Coordinating project management activities, resources, and scheduling

Creating and maintaining comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports

Managing regular communications and updates within the HELIOS membership

Organizing, planning, and managing community building events for HELIOS members, the wider Roundtable community, and others in the research ecosystem committed to (or interested in) open scholarship

Cultivating and coordinating grassroots activities within the HELIOS community to improve understanding and adoption of open scholarship activities and incentives

Breaking projects into doable actions and set timeframes

Liaising with HELIOS members to identify and define requirements, scope and objectives

Acting as the first point of contact and communicating project status to HELIOS…”