EU Open Science gains Positive Momentum

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 13 September 2021

A new report has highlighted the positive momentum for EU open science, showing that the European Commission is at the forefront of research and innovation

The publication reports on results from a study, titled ‘Monitoring the open access policy of Horizon 2020’. The study examined compliance with the open access requirements of Horizon 2020, for publications and research data. This was conducted by: 

  • Measuring the compliance of the existing policy under the programme 

  • Investigating which elements of the policy worked and which have not 

  • Piloting aspects of a monitoring mechanism, providing lessons learnt 

Overall, the report has highlighted an increasingly positive momentum for EU open science. The results show an average success rate of 83% open access to scientific publications, which has steadily increased over the years.  

Other key findings from the report include compliance in depositing open access publications is relatively high at 81.9%, suggesting researchers understood and correctly implemented the current policy of depositing.  

In addition, 95% of deposited publications include in their metadata some type of persistent identifier (PID). This showed that researchers can address the challenge of providing findability, accessibility, interoperability and reuse of digital assets (FAIR) access to their publications. 

The study also identified gaps in the existing Horizon 2020 procedures. For example, datasets in repositories presented a low compliance level, where approximately 39% of Horizon 2020 deposited datasets are findable and 32% are accessible. Further gaps were also identified in the programme’s open access monitoring data, as well as issues from self-reporting by beneficiaries. 

Several recommendations have been proposed by the study for the programme to enhance and improve its existing policy and procedures. 

Learn more about the report here

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