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OpenUP Policy Recommendations

Open Access and Open Scholarship have revolutionised the way scholarly artefacts are evaluated and published, while the introduction of new technologies and media in scientific workflows has changed “how” and to “whom” science is communicated. The modes of interaction between the public and the scientific community are also changing due to the internet and social media. The OpenUP project studied key aspects and challenges of the currently transforming science landscape to provide a cohesive framework for the review-disseminate-assess phases of the research lifecycle that is fit to support and promote Open Science. OpenUP synthesised and validated key project results and derived five recommendations to foster the take-up of novel practices in scholarly peer review, research dissemination and assessment while considering existing gaps in evidence and disciplinary differences. 

Who is it for?

OpenUP policy recommendations are directed to the stakeholders of the research lifecycle, including EU, national and institutional policy makers, funders, librarians, infrastructure providers, publishers and researchers themselves.

Recommendations

Run pilots that implement OPR practices to generate evidence

Create incentives for and strengthen monitoring of innovative research dissemination

Increase awareness of and train researchers on alternative metrics

Exploit ongoing policy developments at EU and national levels and integrate OPR, innovative dissemination and alternatives metrics practices

Fund further research on the impact of Open Science practices for solving gender and diversity issues

  • Recommendation

    Run pilots that implement OPR practices to generate evidence

    Actions

    • Implement projects that test OPR in different venues, collect data and provide evidence on results and impact of adoption of OPR in different disciplines.
    • Provide funding to service providers to enable OPR-friendly infrastructural changes.
    • Increase incentives for OPR participation (acknowledgement of peer review contributions, awareness raising and trainings).

    Responsible stakeholders

    • EU and national policy makers
    • Research funders
    • Publishers
    • Institutional administration
  • Recommendation

    Create incentives for and strengthen monitoring of innovative research dissemination

    Actions

    • Provide support and training to increase innovative dissemination skills among researchers.
    • Ensure monitoring and recognition of dissemination activities taking disciplinary differences into consideration.
    • Align usage of alternative metrics in assessment activities to gauge use of new dissemination channels.

    Responsible stakeholders

    • EU and national policy makers
    • Research funders
    • Institutional decision makers
    • Libraries
    • Alternative metrics providers
  • Recommendation

    Increase awareness of and train researchers on alternative metrics

    Actions

    • Train researchers and institutional decision makers on alternative metrics.
    • Ensure monitoring and recognition of different kinds of research outputs and activities (e.g. research data, blogs, social media).
    • Promote good practices of alternative metrics use.
    • Fully support open application programming interfaces for improving accessibility and remove constraints in construction and usage of alternative metrics.

    Responsible stakeholders

    • EU and national policy makers
    • Research funders
    • Institutional decision makers
    • Libraries
  • Recommendation

    Exploit ongoing policy developments at EU and national levels and integrate OPR, innovative dissemination and alternatives metrics practices

    Actions

    • Support institutions in implementing and complying to new policies by providing practical guidelines and criteria (e.g. online compliance or recommendation checklists).
    • Provide incentives, financial support and training for the development of open data infrastructure.
    • Align policies with community based practical tools which enable institutions monitor and evaluate their output in a way that the data are owned by the communities themselves.
    • To ensure reproducibility and re-usability of evaluation metrics, align and support open sources of alternative metrics information.

    Responsible stakeholders

    • EU and national policy makers
    • Research funders
    • Institutional decision makers
    • Libraries
    • Community based initiatives
    • Alternative metrics providers
  • Recommendation

    Fund further research on the impact of Open Science practices for solving gender and diversity issues

    Actions

    • Implement research activities to collect data and analyse impact of Open Science practices on gender and diversity issues in research and academia.
    • Train researchers and research institutions to raise awareness on gender and diversity issues in scientific publishing, research dissemination and assessment. Trainings provided should enable researchers and institutional decision makers implement actions fostering equality.

    Responsible stakeholders

    • EU and national policy makers
    • Research funders

Leaflets & Flyers
    
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 Reports
  1. Policy report on open peer review, impact measurement and novel dissemination practices
  2. Policy report on gender issues in peer review, impact measurement and dissemination practices
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