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News from the Committee  Le 08/09/2022
illustration The Open Science Research Data Awards
For the first year, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research will be awarding the Open Science Research Data Awards. These awards highlight projects, teams and young researchers committed to best practices in the management, dissemination and reuse of research…
News from the Committee  Le 08/09/2022
illustration The rights retention strategy: user’s instructions
The Mettre en œuvre la stratégie de non-cession des droits sur les publications scientifiques (Implementing the rights retention strategy for scientific publications) guide is a tool for researchers developed by the Committee for Open Science’s Publications College. This approach paves…
News from the Committee  Le 08/09/2022
illustration The Open Science Research Data Awards
For the first year, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research will be awarding the Open Science Research Data Awards. These awards highlight projects, teams and young researchers committed to best practices in the management, dissemination and reuse of research…
Watch  Le 08/09/2022
illustration The Council of the European Union in favour of open science
The Council’s conclusions on research evaluation and the implementation of open science proposed by the French Presidency of the European Union were unanimously adopted by EU Member States at a meeting chaired by Sylvie Retailleau, the French Minister for Higher…
News from the Committee  Le 08/09/2022
illustration The rights retention strategy: user’s instructions
The Mettre en œuvre la stratégie de non-cession des droits sur les publications scientifiques (Implementing the rights retention strategy for scientific publications) guide is a tool for researchers developed by the Committee for Open Science’s Publications College. This approach paves…
News from the Committee  Le 08/07/2022
illustration French Minister of Higher Education and Research inaugurates Recherche Data Gouv
On July 8th 2022, French Minister of Higher Education and Research Sylvie Retailleau inaugurated Recherche Data Gouv, an ecosystem for sharing and opening research data. An ecosystem to promote the potential of research data Despite their high potential for knowledge…
The National Fund for Open Science  Le 24/06/2022
illustration The French National Fund for Open Science is supporting Ukrainian scientific publishing
The French National Open Science Fund is contributing to the “Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff” campaign to preserve scientific publishing capacity in Ukraine. ‘Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff‘ (SUES) is a fundraising campaign to support Ukrainian scientific publishing. Over 1000 academic journals…
Watch  Le 06/05/2022
illustration Alternative Publishing Platforms
Are you confused by all the ‘alternative’ scholarly publishing platforms that have emerged over recent years? A Knowledge Exchange working group has examined this issue and has produced a framework document that should guide the work of the coming months.…
The National Fund for Open Science  Le 07/04/2022
illustration The French National Fund for Open Science is continuing to support international open science infrastructures
The French National Fund for Open Science (FNSO) is providing financial support for three international infrastructures chosen by SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services – in the framework of its funding campaigns. Following on from the…
News from the Committee  Le 16/03/2022
illustration A look back at the European Open Science Conference now online
The presentations and videos of the OSEC 2022 conference held in Paris on 4 and 5 February, are available from the OSEC 2022 website. Opened by Frédérique Vidal, French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the European Open Science…
News from the Committee  Le 07/02/2022
illustration Open Science Awards for Open Source Research Software
The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation is presenting the first Open Science Awards for Open Source Research Software. Ten software applications developed by French teams are rewarded for their contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge. As part…
News from the Committee  Le 28/01/2022
illustration The French Open Science Monitor has been given a makeover
The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has launched a renewed and greatly enriched version of the French Open Science Monitor featuring a new section on health research. On this occasion, a ‘Flash Note‘ from the MESRI’s Sub-directorate for…
News from the Committee  Le 10/01/2022
illustration OSEC: Paris Open Science European Conference
In the framework of the French presidency of the European Union, France is organising the ‘Paris Open Science European Conference” which will take place online on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th February 2022. This international conference is being organised with…
News from the Committee  Le 10/12/2021
As set out in the Second National Plan for Open Science, the Open Science Research Data Award’s aim is to highlight projects, teams and young researchers carrying out exemplary work in research data management and for research projects relying on…
News from the Committee  Le 06/12/2021
At the end of its General Conference on November 24th 2021, UNESCO adopted a Recommendation on Open Science. The text obtained a broad consensus among Member States and through this Recommendation UNESCO has included open science in the humanist values…
The National Fund for Open Science  Le 29/11/2021
The Steering Committee for Open Science has selected 26 winners in the framework of the National Fund for Open Science’s (FNSO) second call for projects in favour of open scientific publication and publishing. Overall support of €2.2 million is being…
News from the Committee  Le 11/10/2021
The French Open Science Monitor was created in 2019 in the framework of the National Plan for Open Science. It was the first step towards setting up indicators to assess the progress of open science in France. It consists of…
News from the Committee  Le 11/10/2021
The Open Science Research Data and Open Science Free Software awards were part of the second National Plan for Open Science announced by the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation on July 6th 2021. They are intended to reward…
News from the Committee  Le 11/10/2021
The Open Science Research Data and Open Science Free Software awards were part of the second National Plan for Open Science announced by the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation on July 6th 2021. They are intended to reward…
News from the Committee  Le 08/10/2021
illustration Second National Plan for Open Science | 2021-2024
France has adopted a Second National Plan for Open Science which extends, reinforces and renews the actions carried out during the three years of the first plan. It sets out renewed commitments to build a science that is more robustly…
News from the Committee  Le 24/09/2021
illustration Let’s work together to build a healthy Open Science ecosystem!
The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), a part of SPARC Europe, has successfully supported two pledging rounds for Open Science Infrastructures (OSIs) helping them secure a sustainable future. To date, SCOSS has facilitated reaching over 3.3 m…
News from the Committee  Le 15/09/2021
The issue of data is a strategic subject and was the subject of a report commissioned by the French Prime Minister. ‘Pour une politique publique de la donnée’ (For a public policy on data) was written by the MP Eric Bothorel…
News from the Committee  Le 15/09/2021
Recherche Data Gouv: a national federated research data platform will be available in the first quarter of 2022 as the Minister announced on the occasion of the launch of the Second National Plan for Open Science. To respond to the…
News from the Committee  Le 08/07/2021
Article written by Camille Maumet with contributions from all the members of GPLO, the Committee for Open Science’s ‘free and open source software group’. In November 2018, the Committee for Open Science set up a ‘free and open source software…
News from the Committee  Le 23/06/2021
Article written by Romain Féret, member of the Committee for Open Science’s Research Data College. The Research Data College has set up a working group on the link between publications and research data. The aim is to contribute to the…
News from the Committee  Le 04/06/2021
This is another tangible step forward for immediate open access to scientific publications The no-transfer of rights strategy was initiated in July 2020 by cOAlition S and represents another step towards full and immediate open access to publicly funded scientific…
News from the Committee  Le 26/05/2021
The “Copyright” working group has just updated its Recommendations and legal aspects related to the creation and dissemination of a scientific journal [1]Recommandations et aspects juridiques relatifs à la création et la diffusion d’une revue scientifique which is accessible on…
News from the Committee  Le 25/05/2021
Two new working groups have been set up within the Committee for Open Science. These are disciplinary groups in health, a field of research which presents specific challenges for open science in the visibility of studies and trials and in…
News from the Committee  Le 11/05/2021
Article by Pierre Mounier [1]Pierre Mounier is also the coordinator of the OPERAS project, associate director of OpenEdition and co-director of the DOAB., a contributor to the study and co-leader of the Committee for Open Science’s European and International College.…
News from the Committee  Le 10/05/2021
The third study by the Committee for Open Science’s “Generic Simple Data Hosting and Dissemination Service” group is now online. This study assesses different scenarios and levels of functional ambition for the creation of a national generic data service. The…
News from the Committee  Le 03/05/2021
Blog post written by Quentin Dufour, David Pontille and Didier Torny, Project “Socio-Economics of Academic Publications”, The Committee for Open Science. The study Contracting in the Age of Open Access Publications. A systematic analysis of Transformative Agreements focuses on a…
News from the Committee  Le 20/04/2021
On March 4th, the Parliamentary Office for Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Options (OPECST) adopted the report Promouvoir et protéger une culture partagée de l’intégrité scientifique (Promoting and protecting a shared culture of scientific integrity). The OPECST had been asked…
News from the Committee  Le 12/04/2021
The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) has made the first document in France officially presenting the EOSC available. There is also an English version. The EOSC is defined as: a portal providing European researchers with access…
News from the Committee  Le 22/02/2021
Since its creation the Free and Open Source Software Project Group has studied the many issues linked to software and opening source codes within French Higher Education and Research (ESR). This work led to the publication in 2019 of the…
News from the Committee  Le 19/02/2021
In a statement, France commented on the first draft recommendation on open science published by UNESCO in October 2020. We wished to thank UNESCO for the high quality of this far-reaching document. We suggested, however, a number of directions where…
The National Fund for Open Science  Le 27/01/2021
Published on January 27, 2021 One of the measures taken for the first topic of “Generalising open access to publications” of the National Plan for Open Science was the creation of an open science fund. The aim of this fund…
News from the Committee  Le 24/01/2021
illustration 2020 Barometer of Open Science: 56% of French publications are in open access
The third Flash Note from the French Barometer of Open Science (BSO) has just been published by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. 56% of French publications in 2019 (measured in 2020) were in open access which corresponds…
News from the Committee  Le 23/01/2021
Article 30 of the Law for a Digital Republic and the forthcoming implementation of Plan S have increased the need for French publishers of scientific journals to precisely define their policies regarding the dissemination of articles published in their journals…
News from the Committee  Le 22/01/2021
The working group had made two model contracts for periodicals available in July and is now adding a model contract for collective works. All three of these contracts are also available in English. These models are freely adaptable and are…
The National Fund for Open Science  Le 04/12/2020
The Steering Committee for Open Science selected 22 projects on the basis of an international jury’s conclusions in the first call for projects by the National Fund for Open Science (FNSO). Overall funding of 2,675,000 euros will be provided for…
News from the Committee  Le 04/12/2020
illustration A new open journal in French on artificial intelligence
In spring 2019 the Revue d’Intelligence Artificielle was sold and its editorial committee resigned. Subsequently members of the committee worked to create a new journal whose publication criteria comply with their values and scientific ethics. The publication model underpinning the…
News from the Committee  Le 17/11/2020
illustration PhD students, welcome to open science!
Are you starting your thesis or working as an apprentice researcher? Perhaps you have heard about open science but have not yet explored the subject fully or have only just started to do so? The Passport for Open Science is…
Watch  Le 07/10/2020
illustration Knowledge Exchange: futures in Open Science
Knowledge Exchange (KE) is an original entity both prospective and pragmatic in its approach to Open Science, aka Open Scholarship in the organization’s language. KE includes six European organizations closely linked to operating, supporting or servicing higher education and research…
News from the Committee  Le 03/08/2020
UNESCO has launched a global consultation aimed at formulating a single Recommendation on Open Science and establish standards which will be recognized worldwide and can guide legal and policy frameworks at institutional and state levels. The French contribution stresses the…
News from the Committee  Le 06/07/2020
Five French Research Funding Agencies affirm their commitment to open science in a declaration signed on 29 June 2020. The National Research Agency (ANR), the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (Anses), the National Cancer Institute (INCa),…
News from the Committee  Le 27/05/2020
UNESCO is developing a recommendation on Open Science. The roadmap is available online. The European and International College of the Open Science Committee has been working on a background paper to help the scientific community respond to the survey. This…
Watch  Le 22/05/2020
The European Commission launched a European data platform on COVID-19 in collaboration with several partners on April 20th to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data. Sharing and opening up this data will help accelerate research and…
The National Fund for Open Science  Le 20/04/2020
Message of April 20, 2020 In view of the current health situation concerning COVID-19, the closing date of the FNSO call for projects is postponed by on June 02, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. CET (UTC+1). The following phases of evaluation,…
News from the Committee  Le 03/04/2020
The Covid-19 epidemic has shown how necessary it is to progress in opening up scientific publications and research data. This is essential to accelerate discovery process and share data freely for the benefit of science and even more so for…
The National Fund for Open Science  Le 10/03/2020
The French National Fund for Open Science (FNSO) has decided to support three international open science infrastructures as part of SCOSS, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services initiative. As announced when the fund was created, the Steering Committee…
News from the Committee  Le 26/02/2020
Following on from the National Plan for Open Science launched in July 2018, the CNRS presented its Roadmap for Open Science at the 2019 National Open Science Days (JNSO). The implementation of this roadmap is based on tangible projects structured…
News from the Committee  Le 18/02/2020
The Research Data College is entering a new phase of its work. It will structure its action for the year 2020 around four major axes which were announced during the National Open Science Days on November 18th and 19th 2019.…
News from the Committee  Le 29/01/2020
The Research Data Summit was held at the Sorbonne University on Monday, January 27th and brought together nine networks representing more than 160 of the world’s leading research universities. During this summit the “Sorbonne Declaration” on research data rights was…
News from the Committee  Le 28/01/2020
illustration New version of scanR
scanR was launched in 2016 and there will be a new version in January 2020. This search engine can be used to explore the French higher education, research and innovation (ESRI) landscape. Users can identify and characterize entities such as…
News from the Committee  Le 28/01/2020
illustration 49% of French publications in open access
The second Flash Note published by the Baromètre français de la science ouverte (French Open Science Monitor) has announced that the proportion of French publications published in 2018 and available in open access in December 2019 is 49%, or nearly…
News from the Committee  Le 24/01/2020
illustration French researchers support the movement towards open science
The Couperin consortium has published the results of its survey of French researchers’ publication and open access practices. It focused on an analysis of the relationship between researchers and scientific publishers as well as open access practices in journals and…
Watch  Le 16/01/2020
With the support of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), the Couperin consortium has conducted a national survey on article processing charges (APC) paid by French higher education and research institutions. The aim of the survey was to obtain and…
News from the Committee  Le 04/12/2019
“There is an urgent need to improve the methods of evaluation of scientific research results by funding agencies, educational and research organizations and other actors.”(DORA, 2012) The National Plan for Open Science follows the spirit of the Leiden Manifesto and…
Watch  Le 08/11/2019
The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation’s Open Science Committee has commissioned the Couperin consortium to lead a consortium membership in ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) on behalf of French institutions, especially higher education and research institutions. This…
News from the Committee  Le 08/11/2019
The French Open Science Monitor was a commitment announced by the National Open Science Plan and its first issue has now been published. Its primary objective is to measure the open access (OA) share of French scientific publications, which amounts…
The National Fund for Open Science  Le 02/09/2019
The Open Science Steering Committee, the decision-making body of the Open Science Committee, will launch a call for projects in September for actions in favour of scientific publishing and publication. This call has a budget of €2.6 million, part of…
News from the Committee  Le 06/08/2019
Quality research data are key elements of the research process. They should be available at all times, publicly and free of charge for possible reuse. In recent years, various stakeholders, from research funding agencies to publishers, have endorsed a concise…
News from the Committee  Le 12/07/2019
The National Research Agency (ANR) has asked the Open Science Committee for its opinion and recommendations on the implementation of the Data Management Plan (DMP) for projects it funds from 2019 onwards. The request was processed by the “ PGD ” working…
News from the Committee  Le 14/06/2019
A number of criteria,  qualified as exemplarity criteria, have been defined by the Committee for Open Science. They will be used to guide the choice of investments to be made in scientific publishing and more particularly in platforms, infrastructures and…
News from the Committee  Le 22/05/2019
illustration Toward the certification of open access books
A new foundation, named the Directory of open access books (DOAB), has just been launched, gearing up Europe with a peer certification mechanism for open access scientific monographs. This project is driven by the CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université and the Dutch…
News from the Committee  Le 04/04/2019
illustration The French National Research Agency (ANR) has launched a “Flash” call for ideas on open sciences
French National Research Agency (ANR) “Flash” call for ideas on open sciences is a planned component of the national plan for open science and represents an opportunity to accelerate the process of development in several French scientific communities regarding important…
Watch  Le 21/02/2019
The Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act was promulgated on January 14, 2019 . By signing it into law, President Trump enacted the basic principle that all government data, including federally funded research data, must be made…
News from the Committee  Le 25/01/2019
The Commitee for Open Science has published a short reply to the online consultation run by the cOAlition S on the Guide for the implemention of Plan S published at the end of November 2018. This memorandum focuses on elements…
News from the Committee  Le 25/01/2019
The Committee for Open Science has made recommendations on the 10 points of the Plan S in response to a request from the French National Research Agency (ANR). The ANR signed the Plan S and thus committed to scientific publications…
Watch  Le 16/01/2019
Every year Heather Morrison reports on the past year with figures on her blog The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics. For her, 2018 was the “best year yet for net growth of open access”. Here are some figures on journals, articles…
Watch  Le 04/01/2019
illustration Update of the analysis of the Open Data and Open Science policies in Europe (SPARC/DCC)
SPARC has put a report online which updates information on European policies on open data and science by concentrating on the period between January and November 2018. The original analysis was published in May 2017. It discusses the continuing increase…
News from the Committee  Le 20/12/2018
illustration Building Bibliodiversity with Multiple Approaches. Joint Statement of the French Open Science Committee, promotors of the Jussieu Call, and the Open Access 2020 Initiative
During the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference, on 3-4 December 2018, a joint statement was drafted by the French Open Science Committee (Bibliodiversity WG and the College of Publications) and the OA2020 carriers. Joint efforts will be initiated in 2019…
Watch  Le 03/12/2018
The cOAlition S has just published the guide to setting up Plan S. The document is seven pages long, and it provides the elements about the rules to respect so that scientific publications are in harmony with plan S. It…
Watch  Le 29/11/2018
illustration National Open Science Days – JNSO 2018
The programme for the first National Open Science Days (JNSO) is online. These days will be on December 4th, 5th and 6th and take place at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI). Bernard Larrouturou, general director…
Watch  Le 23/11/2018
The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) was launched on November 23rd 2018 at an event organized in Vienna by the Austrian presidency of the Council of the European Union. This event marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation…
Watch  Le 23/11/2018
The European Commission’s group of experts’ final report and action plan on FAIR data have just been published. They highlight the measures which need to be taken regarding research culture and technology to make sure that data, codes and other…
Watch  Le 15/11/2018
LIBER and other organizations – Allied for Startups, the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the European University Association (EUA) and Digital Europe – have sent an open letter to the European Commission, Council and Parliament who are currently negotiating the…
Watch  Le 06/11/2018
In a statement dated November 5th 2018, Wellcome and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that they are joining the “cOAlition S” and approve the principles of the Plan S. In parallel to this statement, Wellcome has published the details…
News from the Committee  Le 19/09/2018
Proposal from the French Open science committee – Free and open source group / Proposition du Comité pour la science ouverte – Groupe projet logiciels libres et open source (PDF) OSM: Open Science Monitor Open Science Monitor – Draft methodological…
News from the Committee  Le 06/09/2018
illustration Open science: adoption in 11 European countries and for ERC programmes of obligatory open access for publications
On Tuesday September 4th 2018, 11 National research funding organizations announced the launch of cOAlition S, with the support of the European Commission including the European Research Council (ERC). cOAlition S is an initiative that aims to substantiate free access…
News from the Committee  Le 31/08/2018
Feedback from the French Open science committee / Commentaires du Comité pour la science ouverte (PDF) The draft methodological note[1] published by the EC about the Open Science Monitor raises several questions. As it encourages for feedback, we detail below…
Watch  Le 10/08/2018
illustration The first newsletter of the coalition concerning the sustainability of services for open science (SCOSS)
The SCOSS coalition (Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) is a network of institutions engaged in securing the future of open access. Each year, the coalition will invite the non-commercial services of open access/open science to present applications for…
Watch  Le 04/07/2018
illustration The national plan for open science
Today, Wednesday July 4th 2018, Frédérique VIDAL, Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation revealed the national plan for open science during the annual conference of the League of European Research Libraries (LIBER). France is building an ambitious policy with…
News from the Committee  Le 25/05/2018
This guide was written by researchers, lawyers and professionals of scientific and technical information* to inform researchers clearly and simply of the new rights that the October 2016 law for a Digital Republic has opened to them for the diffusion…
Watch  Le 27/10/2016
This report, commissioned by BSN 4 and BSN 7, is concerned with the new ways in which open access journals can be editorialised. The transition to open access has accelerated in recent years. Several countries have established a legal framework…
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