Open science round-up: September 2023

Today, 28 September, we commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information, a declaration by UNESCO emphasizing that seeking, receiving and sharing information constitutes a fundamental right, that holds the key to empowerment, informed decisions, and societal progress. In this September edition of the ISC Open Science Roundup, Heather Joseph explores the pivotal role of Open Science in achieving this universal access to information, while Moumita Koley provides the latest news and opportunities to keep you updated with everything happening in the world of Open Science.

Open science round-up: September 2023


Reflection on the 2023 UN International Day of Universal Access to Information: Sharing knowledge is a human right; everyone, everywhere should have the unfettered ability to access, contribute to, and benefit from it. The free flow of ideas and information is essential to advancing the well-being of societies.

This is particularly critical when it comes to science. We conduct scientific research to accelerate discovery, fuel innovation, and to enhance our collective understanding of the world we inhabit. We also do science to develop practical interventions and help solve the world’s most complex and pressing problems – from addressing climate change to combating poverty or preventing future pandemics. 

To do this effectively, we can’t conduct science in silos – we must do it in a way that is intimately integrated with the global community it is intended to benefit. This means opening the processes of conducting research to the widest possible set of contributors, as well as ensuring that the public can quickly and easy access and benefit from its results. 

Open science promotes collaboration and provides a strong foundation for turning research outputs into actionable information to improve the health and well-being of the public. It removes barriers to contributing to scientific inquiry, ensuring a that diversity of voices enrich our global intellectual conversation. And it helps to democratize access to information, providing a critical building block for a robust knowledge society. 

As we mark today’s United Nations International Day of Universal Access to Information, we should individually commit to reflecting on the ways that our work advances these goals. We each have a responsibility to make sure that our work contributes to building systems that are structured to optimize the most efficient sharing of scientific knowledge possible: they must be both open by default, and equitable by design. 

Heather Joseph
Executive Director of SPARC

Heather Joseph is the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) – an international coalition of academic and research libraries promoting the open sharing of knowledge. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become the leading advocacy organization promoting innovative open and equitable global systems of research and education. Based in Washington, D.C., she leads SPARC’s strategy and policy work, which led to the establishment of the landmark 2022 White House OSTP Memorandum requiring open access to all U.S. federally funded research outputs. She is a widely respected expert on national and international open research policies, practices and implementation strategies.

Big stories in Open Science

G20 Members Emphasize Global Collaboration for Open Access to Scientific Knowledge

ACS Introduces Zero-Embargo Green Open Access with New Article Development Charge of USD 2,500 

Forte Becomes First Swedish Research Council to Sign the Diamond Action Plan for Open Access 

OAA’s Open Data Initiative Now Offers Over 24PB of Free Environmental Data on Major Cloud Platforms 

Crossref Incorporates the Retraction Watch Database, and Now it’s Completely Open 

DEAL Consortium and Elsevier Announce Open Access Agreement 

5-Year of Plan S: A Journey of Open-Access  

Leiden University to Launch Open-Source University Rankings in 2024 

De Gruyter Expands ‘Subscribe to Open’ Model for Broader Open Access Transformation 

DOAJ and Lyrasis Forge Announced Partnership to Boost Library Support for Open Access  

NASA Joins Hands with Center for Open Science for the Ambitious ‘Year of Open Science’ Initiative 

cOAlition S, Jisc, and PLOS Establish Multi-Stakeholder Group for Equitable Knowledge-Sharing 

eLife Streamlines Submission Payment Process with a New System, Backed by HHMI 

Scopus Unveils ‘Author Position’ Metric to Support Research Impact Assessments 

Open Science events and opportunities 

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Our top ten Open Science reads

  1. Open Science: Up for a challenge? 
  2. Global Movement to Reform Researcher Assessment Gains Traction 
  3. Why Article-Level Metrics are Better Than JIF If You Value Talent Over Privilege 
  4. Wikipedia as a Tool for Contemporary History of Science: A case study on CRISPR 
  5. Scholarship Should be Open, Inclusive and Slow
  6. Why should researchers publish all their research outputs using diverse article types?
  7. Is Sustainability Research the Victim or Saviour of a Broken Academic Publishing System?
  8. Open Science is More Open in Some Places than Others
  9. Knowledge Exchange Analysis Report on Alternative Publishing Platforms
  10. Open Access Doesn’t Need APCs: Alternative models continue to grow in 2023


The information, opinions and recommendations presented by our guests are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the values and beliefs of the International Science Council.

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