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On this blog, we will present news related to the project Open Science at Lund University presented below. We will also write about activities at Lund University, as well as occurrences and initiatives on national and international levels related to open science. If you have suggestions for topics, you are welcome to contact us!

This blog is managed by Karolina Lindh and Magnus Annemark. Jon Eriksen, Kristoffer Holmqvist and Maria Johnsson are also actively involved in the project.

Open science – what, how and why?

What? 

Open science is commonly described as an umbrella term that refers to a number of practices that aims to increase transparency and availability of research processes and results. It also refers to the involvement of non-scientists, i.e. citizen science, in the research process. A well-established open science practice is open science publishing.  

How? 

There are many ways to increase openness in science. By publishing open access, you make it possible for anyone to access your publications online while also keeping copyright to your own work. Other ways of engaging with open science is to share research data, as long as there are no ethical or legal barrier for doing so. Open science also encompass sharing outputs such as code, algorithms or software. It includes engagement in open peer-review, the use author IDs such as ORCID to make visible the connection between you and your research outputs published and presented in diverse venues. Open science also encompasses open educational resources and citizen science. Open science can be done in different ways and practices vary between disciplines and fields.  

Why? 

Open science aims at enhancing transparency and participation in science. The urge for transparency have been expressed for many reasons in recent year. From access to data to enable replication studies to reaching out and involve society as a means of challenging the occurrence of “fake news” and distrust in science. Digital technologies have also facilitated ways of sharing and collaborating that were previously not possible. The overall goal with open science is to enhance transparency, rigour, efficiency and trust in science.   

The project – Open Science at LU

Open science is today a feature of science that funders, universities and government strive towards. The Swedish government’s goal is that all publications and research data from publically funded research should be open no later than 2026. Yet open science encompass several other aspects and practices such as open source, open software, open educational resources, citizen science, open peer-review and many more that aim at enhancing transparency and participation and facilitate reproducibility in research.

Universities have an important role in facilitating the move towards open science for researchers. In order to develop and support open science at LU the research board initiated this project, which aims at suggesting a structure for LU’s engagement in open science on a university level. This entail a number of proposals, such as a suitable composition of a working group with a broad mission of monitoring the open science developments, a vision for open science at LU and a plan for activities concering open science, how to organise research support and elaborating a new open access policy.

If you would like to know more about the project or have ideas or experiences that you think are relevant for the project, please contact karolina.lindh@ub.lu.se