Joint Statement by the French National Research Funding Agencies in support of Open Science

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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), the National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (Inserm/ANRS) and the Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME) want to set up a collaborative network to define a joint approach in support of open science and thus align their practices.

This declaration, in accordance with the French National Plan for Open Science, sets out five principles for access to publications and research data:

  • to deposit scholarly publications that result from projects that they have financed, directly in an open archive and recommending publishing in open access journals or books to be given preference;
  • to draw up a data management plan to support management, structuring, access, interoperability and when possible openness and re-use of research data;
  • to comply with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA);
  • to inform the grantees and raising their awareness of Open Science by sharing good practice;
  • to open data from projects they fund in accordance with the Open Government Partnership, which promotes transparency in public affairs and in accordance with the law for a Digital Republic which provides for data generated by the Government to be openly available by default.

Lastly, the declaration intends to publish an annual report on their activities and the different measures taken to promote open science.