Second National Plan for Open Science

«France is committed to ensuring that the results of scientific research are open to all, researchers, companies and citizens, without hindrance, without delay, without payment »

Open science refers to the unhindered dissmination of results, methods and products from scientific research. It draws on the opportunity  provided by recent digital progress to develop open access to publications and – as much as possible- data, source code and research method.

Theme 1

Generalising open access to publications

The practice of providing open access to scientific publications should now be inescapable, wether this is done by initially publishing the text as open access or by placing it in an open public archive such as HAL. The aim set by the Research Programming Law is to achieve 100% open access publications by 2030.

«The scientific community must work to build an open, ethical and transparent scientific publishing ecosystem. »
Concrete measures
Generalise the obligation to publish in open access all articles and books resulting from the publicly funded calls for proposals.
Support open access economic publishing models that not require the payment of articles or books processing charges ("diamond models").
Encourage multilingualism and the circulation of scientific knowledge by translating publications made by French researchers.
Theme 2

Structuring, sharing and opening up research data

Our aim is to ensure that the data produced by French public research be progressively structured to conform to the FAIR data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), be safely preserved and, wherever possible, open to all.

«Practices that promote the re-use of research data will be encouraged.»
Concrete measures
Implement the obligation to disseminate publicly funded research data.
Create Recherche Data Gouv, the federated national plateform for research data.
Promote widespread adoption of data policies that cover the whole lifecycle of research data, to ensure that they arre Findable, Accessible, Interopable and Reusable (FAIR).
Theme 3

Opening up and promoting source code produced by research

Software plays a key role in scientific research, and it can be a tool, a result, and a research object. Making software source code available, with the option of modifying, reusing and disseminating them, is a major requirement to ensure the reproducibility of scientifics findings and to support the creation and sharing knowledge, in keeping with the open science ethos.

«The opening of software source codes is a major issue for the reproducibility of scientific results.»
Concrete measures
Showcase and support the dissemination under an open license of source code from publicly funded research
Highlight the production of source code from higher education, research and innovation
Define and promote an open software policy
Theme 4

Transforming practices to make open science the default principle

Open science should become the default principle for researchers and it should constitute a criteria of excellence in research, as is now the case in the Horizon Europe Programme. For this, the higher education and research ecosystem must be transformed to align the incentives, strengthen capacity and increase recognition of the efforts made.

«Making open science practices sustainable requires changes in the evaluation system.»
Concrete measures
Develop and value open science skills throughout the educational and career pathways of students and research staff.
Value open science and the diversity of scientific production in the assessment of researchers and teachers-researchers, and of projetcts and research establishments.
Triple the budget for the open science through the National Fund for Open Science and the Investments for the Future Program.
Frédérique Vidal
Speech of Frédérique VIDAL
July 2018
"Science is a common good, which we must share as widely as possible. The role of public authorities is to restore the initial function of science as a factor of collective enrichment."
Frédérique Vidal
Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation