Open Science is based on the principle of openness and transparency in the whole research cycle, fostering sharing and collaboration as early as possible. Open and transparent practices accelerate the research process at an unprecedented speed and they reinforce core academic values, such as research integrity, cooperation and knowledge sharing. Open Science is also key to increasing public trust in science and as a means to spark interest and foster the public’s participation in research activities.
EUA has been actively supporting universities in the transition to Open Science for more than a decade and has an Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science that closely follows developments in this area. The Association takes a comprehensive view of the transition to Open Science by gathering information on the current situation in Europe and building a forward-looking dialogue between universities and other main stakeholders.
The Association’s four key priorities include:
- promoting Open Access policies for research publications and data;
- achieving more transparency and greater sustainability in the scholarly publishing system;
- contributing to the development and implementation of research data management, data sharing and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC);
- and raising awareness and supporting universities in reviewing their approach to academic career assessment.
EUA consults regularly with its member universities to identify emerging trends and developments in the transition to Open Science. Recently these have included citizen science and open education.
The transition to Open Science entails encompassing systemic, cultural and technical reforms. EUA is fully committed to Open Science as a shared responsibility, recognising that a successful transition will require a concerted effort from key stakeholders. The Association’s focus on Open Science is also seen in its extensive efforts in providing input to the EU’s research and innovation programmes.
Finally, EUA is committed to a global approach as the way forward for a sustainable transition to Open Science. The Association has joined the UNESCO Global Open Science Partnership, with the purpose of working towards a global consensus on the transition to Open Science.
The publication of research outcomes in digital formats provides researchers and other stakeholders in research and innovation with enhanced opportunities to increase the visibility of, and widen access to, research articles, research data and other research outputs. Open Access is critical in the transition to an open and transparent research system. In the last few years, Open Access has gained momentum through both bottom-up activities from the academic community, as well as top-down initiatives from research funders, governments and the European Commission.
EUA has become a leading voice in the debate on Open Access and has been actively engaged in this area since 2007. EUA advocates for full and immediate Open Access and supports universities and authors in retaining their rights and being able to openly share their research outputs without restrictions. Besides the benefits coming from open access to publications, sharing of data, software and code also improve research reproducibility, replicability and the re-use of research outcomes.
EUA has monitored the implementation of Open Access policies in European universities since 2014. Since then, more than 500 universities have contributed with their experience, showing the rapid adoption of Open Access policies at the institutional level. However, much is still to be accomplished and EUA will continue to support European universities in improving researchers’ engagement in Open Access and in highlighting the importance of implementing monitoring mechanisms of Open Access.
EUA monitors and is actively engaged with national and European developments impacting the transition towards Open Access. The Association advocates for ambitious Open Access policies, for instance through Horizon Europe, the FAIR data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), the creation of the EOSC, as well as Plan S. The Association continues to monitor policy and legal developments in Open Access relevant to the university sector, with a view to foster openness in research, education and innovation.
Large contract negotiations between universities and scientific publishers have received greater attention from the academic community, governments and from the general public, as the movement towards Open Science and Open Access accelerates. The substantial amount of public funds involved in these contracts, and the need for greater transparency and equity in the scholarly publishing system, have led universities, research funders and governments to push for more transparent and fair-priced contracts. In addition, universities are also turning their attention to other publishing venues, such as non-commercial publishing platforms, in an effort to expand bibliodiversity and to create a more diversified and fairer scholarly publishing system.
EUA works to achieve more transparency and greater sustainability in the scholarly publishing system together with its members. The Association monitors the evolution of negotiation mechanisms between universities and publishers and how these affect the content and financial conditions given to academic institutions.
Since 2017, EUA has assembled comprehensive data on Big Deals between scholarly publishers and national consortia of libraries, universities and research organisations. The EUA Big Deals Survey contributes to increasing the transparency of contract costs and conditions, identifying the main challenges in the scholarly publication system and supporting a variety of institutions in becoming more knowledgeable and actively engaged in negotiations with scientific publishers.
EUA has also started looking into new types of contracts between publishers and consortia, namely through the Read & Publish study. EUA will continue to explore new, diverse and community-driven scholarly publishing models.
As the nature of research is increasingly data intensive, widespread data sharing and re-use are critical to develop a more open and interconnected research system. This should be underpinned by the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data principles and supported through the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
EUA has long advocated for the importance of sharing and re-using research data. Universities and researchers across Europe are increasingly expected to manage research data according to the FAIR principles, most notably through Horizon Europe. Universities are also actively developing the necessary services, policies, governance frameworks and skills for professional research data management.
EUA is a core partner of the FAIRsFAIR project, funded through Horizon 2020, which develops recommendations and guidance documents on how to build and sustain FAIR research data management policies and services within research performing organisations.
EUA is also actively engaged in the EOSC, a European Partnership aiming to federate services for sharing, storage, management, analysis and re-use of research outputs. EUA co-chaired the EOSC Working Group on Skills & Training. The resulting report paves the way for a comprehensive skills and education strategy to support the actors of a strong EOSC research data ecosystem. EUA is also an observer of the EOSC Association.
The European higher education, research and innovation landscape is changing. A broad range of academic activities are gaining more prominence, including Open Access, digital learning and teaching, and new forms of knowledge exchange with society. Universities are rethinking how to incentivise and reward these and other activities as part of their approach to career assessment. Reviewing academic career assessment practices to make them more accurate, transparent and responsible is an essential element of the transition to Open Science.
EUA raises awareness and supports universities to incentivise and reward a broad range of academic activities using responsible evaluation practices. EUA is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and has expressed its support for similar principles and guidelines created by the research community.
The Association advocates for more accurate, transparent and responsible assessment practices. EUA builds and sustains a dialogue between universities and with other actors, by organising workshops, webinars and other opportunities for exchange. It works together with universities, other research performing organisations, research funding organisations, learned societies and policy makers, as the Association believes that improving academic career assessment is a shared responsibility and requires a comprehensive approach uniting diverse stakeholders.
The European University Association welcomes the adoption by the Council of the European Union of the Conclusions on research assessment and implementation of Open Science.
The EUA Open Science Agenda 2025 defines the Association’s priorities in this field and describes the current context, challenges and developments envisaged for the coming years. In addition, it outlines the actions EUA will take to drive this agenda forward.
The call for proposals is now open for OS FAIR 2023 - the flagship initiative of OpenAIRE – which will take place on 25-27 September in Madrid, Spain. This year the event will be co-organized with the Spanish NOAD, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) from the Spanish...view more
The FAIR-IMPACT project recently launched an open call for EOSC FAIR Champions, aiming to select 12 experts to act as ambassadors for FAIR research data, engage their communities and advocate for the adoption of the project results. The EOSC FAIR Champions group will be composed of highly...view more
Within its efforts to facilitate the uptake and implementation of Open Science, OpenAIRE recently compiled its services for Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) into one package and developed 6 practical steps for implementing Open Science beyond Open Access publications. The new package...view more
The call for projects is open until 22 February 2023. It benefits from a co-funding from the French National Research Agency on projects that fall under the diamond publishing model. The call for projects is aimed at research infrastructures included in the national roadmap for research...view more
On 1 December 2022, the Constitutive Assembly of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) took place, marking the beginning of a new chapter in which a broad coalition of organisations involved in research assessment and their respective associations will work together to implement...view more
On 21-22 November, members of the European University Association’s Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science (EGOS) met in Braga, Portugal, and online for the final meeting of the group in its current composition. During the meeting, EGOS members discussed EUA activities and provided updates...view more
The European University Association is pleased to announce that the Association will sign the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment and join the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA). Both decisions were unanimously approved by the EUA Council, at its meeting in Brussels on...view more
Project Retain is a one-year project led by SPARC Europe as part of The Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) Programme, which aims to promote change in European copyright law, in this case, to support Open Access. As part of Project Retain, SPARC Europe is conducting a survey on the topic of copyright for...view more
An extensive co-creation exercise throughout the first half of 2022 that gathered the interests and perspectives of 350+ organisations from over 40 countries led to the publication of an Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment on 20 July. The Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment sets a...view more
The European scholarly communication landscape has reached a tipping point in the last decade and is now in rapid transition towards the full-scale adoption of Open Access (OA) as a default practice for communicating research results. Nevertheless, the transition of institutional publishing...view more
Launched in January 2022 as a co-creation exercise, the process of drafting an agreement for reforming research assessment has reached an important milestone. On 8 July, the final version of the agreement was presented at a Stakeholder Assembly bringing together the 350+ organisations from 40+...view more
An on line survey is ongoing about existing and /or wished ways of crediting and rewarding Open Science activities and actions that facilitate data sharing in the assessment of research activities. This survey is being conducted as part of the SHAring Rewards & Credit (SHARC) interest...view more
The EuroScience Open Forum 2022 (ESOF2022) will take place from 13 to 16 July 2022 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Several EUA colleagues will organise and contribute to various sessions during the conference, in both hybrid and online settings. ESOF was founded in 2004 by EuroScience, the...view more
The online workshop "Open Research Europe: Key Synergies for an Open and Sustainable Platform" will take place on 9 June 2022, from 14.00 to 15.15 CEST. EUA Deputy Director of Research and Innovation, Vinciane Gaillard, will be a speaker at the event. With one year of Open Research Europe (ORE)...view more
UNESCO has recently launched two calls in the area of open science. Firstly, a global call is underway for papers on shaping the future of global scientific practices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on ‘Open Science Policies as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development...view more
EUA and other associations representing European universities, research performing organisations, research funding organisations, research libraries, and repositories in Europe have released a joint statement in the context of ongoing trilogue negotiations on the Digital Services Act...view more
This report presents the detailed results from the EUA 2020-2021 Open Science Survey with a focus...read more
EUA, together with Science Europe, Dr. Karen Stroobants (in her individual capacity as researcher with expertise in research on research) and the European Commission, is leading the drafting of an agreement on how to reform research assessment across Europe. The exercise is part of a broader...view more
EUA has signed up to the “Action Plan for Diamond Open Access” which aims to promote a sustainable, community-driven Diamond Open Access (OA) scholarly communication ecosystem. Published on 2 March 2022, the document is an initiative of Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS and the French National...view more
This report specifically presents the findings on Open Access from EUA’s 2020-2021 Open Science...read more
In December 2021, partners of FAIRsFAIR’s WP7 on “Data Science and Professionalisation” published the two final deliverables of the WP: the adoption handbook “How to be FAIR with your data: a teaching and training handbook for higher education institutions” and the report “Good Practices in FAIR...view more
This report presents a collection of seven case studies describing how FAIR competences are being...read more
This report analyses the place of Open Science in the academic assessment approaches of...read more
The FAIRsFAIR project will hold its Final Event on 25, 26 and 27 January 2022, consisting of a series of internal and public meetings to consolidate the project final results before its official end in February 2022. As part of its Final Event, FAIRsFAIR will organise a public session on 26...view more
EUA welcomes the approval of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and recognises its importance in providing a shared set of standards and actions for the further implementation of Open Science policies and practices at international, national and institutional levels. In 2020, EUA provided...view more
SPARC Europe is organising the Equity and diversity in Open Access. National and regional OA publishing platforms webinar, on the 2nd of December 2021, starting at 3 PM CET. The aim of the webinar is to raise awareness of some of the community-governed, publicly-funded not-for-profit...view more
The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2022 will take place in Leiden (The Netherlands), between 13-16 of July. ESOF aims to provide a venue for debate among all stakeholders about science itself, the way science is performed and the impact of science in, with and for society. Organised once every...view more
This checklist is a guide for universities that wish to further develop their Open Access...read more
SPARC Europe announced that they are going to support the Council for National Open Science Coordination (CoNOSC) in their activities advancing national European Open Science policies. Open to all countries within the European Research Area, CoNOSC is helping them create, update and coordinate...view more
As part of the FAIRsFAIr project and in the framework of the Open Science Fair 2021 , EUA will organise the workshop "Learning lessons from FAIR data implementation. Good practices from universities across Europe", on Monday 20 September, at 16.30 CEST. Diverse initiatives are being developed...view more
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) will open four of its European facilities for nuclear reaction and decay data measurements in Geel, Belgium. Such measurements help to make nuclear reactors and the handling of nuclear waste safer and enhance radiological protection for...view more
OPERAS, the research infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area, is working to develop a full catalogue of services via its platform GOTRIPLE to efficiently address the scholarly communication needs of...view more
This report presents the findings of the 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey and provides...read more
The European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC) “triangle task force” has recently published the guideline paper “Research evaluation in a context of Open Science and gender equality”. The ERAC “triangle task force” combines combines forces of the ERAC group on open science, gender and...view more
On 14 June, DORA released “SPACE to evolve academic assessment: A rubric for analysing institutional conditions and progress indicators”. It is designed to support institutions, at any stage of academic assessment reform, to gauge their ability to support interventions and set them up for...view more
The OECD.AI Network of Experts developed a draft OECD Framework for Classifying AI Systems as a tool for policy-makers, regulators, legislators and others so that they can assess the opportunities and risks that different types of AI systems present and to inform their national AI...view more
The FAIRsFAIR project, in partnership with the CODATA-RDA schools, is organising a Data Steward training series to help Data Stewards provide the best support and guidance to researchers, equipping them with the foundational skills of Research Data Science and a solid grounding in responsible...view more
EUA joined CESAER and Science Europe to call on all publishers to fully respect researchers’ rights and to end the use of restrictions and embargoes. In a joint statement published on 25 May, the three partners representing more than 880 universities and research-performing and research-funding...view more
SPARC Europe and the European Network of Open Education Librarians launched the survey “Open education in European libraries of higher education”. The survey deadline is 4 June. The survey is seeking to gain insights into Open Education (OE) practices within academic libraries of...view more
cOAlition S commissioned the report “OA Diamond Journals Study. Part 1: Findings”, on open access (OA) diamond journals: namely free to readers and authors. It is the first study of its kind. The report, funded by Science Europe, is the culmination of work undertaken from June 2020 to February...view more
Open science requires a sustainable, trustworthy and comprehensive network of repositories that can support researchers around the world in managing, sharing and preserving their data. Strengthening and expanding on the existing repository ecosystem and encouraging the adoption of good practices...view more
Ghent University’s Research Department organises a MSCA Master Class for incoming postdocs on 20 – 21 May 2021. Applications are open until 19 April. The training programme will take place on 20 and 21 May, from 9.30 to 16.00, and focuses on various aspects of the research proposal: purpose of...view more
EUA joins the global coalition of organisations that endorses the concerns raised by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) about the report “Data Repository Selection: Criteria that Matter”, which proposes a set selection criteria for data repositories under the umbrella of the...view more
This report and the accompanying online repository bring together and analyse case studies in...read more
Karel Luyben, Rector Magnificus Emeritus of Delft University of Technology, will be the first president of the European Open Science Cloud Association. He was elected during the Association’s first General Assembly on 17 December. The General Assembly also confirmed EUA’s status as a non-voting...view more
The FAIRsFAIR project - Fostering Fair Data Practices in Europe – has prepared a series of recommendations for policy enhancement to support the realisation of a FAIR ecosystem and invite policy makers at all levels to send their expressions of interest to assess their current policies against...view more
The process to renew the European Research Area (ERA) is gathering pace and is set to continue in...read more
The EOSC Working Group on Skills & Training, co-chaired by EUA, has launched a 20-minute questionnaire to support a study for EOSC within national strategies for digital skills. The questionnaire is open until 23 November, and EUA members are kindly invited to participate. The objective of...view more
EUA has joined the UNESCO Global Open Science Partnership. The purpose of this partnership is to work towards a global consensus on the transition to Open Science and the adoption of a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science in 2021. EUA provides input from a European perspective during global...view more
The FAIRsFAIR project - Fostering Fair Data Practices in Europe – is developing resources and building communities to support the uptake of FAIR research data management policy and practice within higher education curricula. To achieve these objectives, the project conducted a survey receiving...view more
On 29 July, representatives of four founding members met in Brussels and formalised the launch of the EOSC Association as a Belgian international non-profit association. The founding organisations are the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER),...view more
Science Europe, an association representing public research performing and research funding organisations in Europe, has published a “Position Statement and Recommendations on Research Assessment Processes”. The recommendations further add momentum to the discussion on academic career...view more
cOAlition S has released a Rights Retention Strategy that details under which conditions authors supported by Plan S funders are expected to share articles via self archiving in repositories, one of the three routes of Plan S. The strategy specifies the exact conditions for this route. As...view more
This report is the result of the study on Read & Publish agreements commissioned by EUA on...read more
FAIRsFAIR - Fostering Fair Data Practices in Europe – calls for experts from all scientific communities around Europe to join their European Group of FAIR Champions (EGFC), a highly visible group of experts and inspired influencers engaged on making FAIR data in Europe a reality. The deadline for...view more
The European Commission’s Industrial Strategy for Europe and the European Digital Strategy...read more
The Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) published its final report “Progress on Open Science: Towards a Shared Research Knowledge System” on Thursday, 28 May. As member of this high-level advisory group to the European Commission, EUA contributed the perspective of European...view more
cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders, published its guidance on implementing price transparency when Open Access publication fees are applied. More specifically, as of 1 July 2022, only publishers who provide data in line with one of the following frameworks will be...view more
As part of LIBER’s Annual Conference 2020, FAIRsFAIR is organising a set of stakeholders’ workshops on 23 June with EUA, University of Minho, University of Göttingen and University Amsterdam, all organisations which develop and offer Open Science and FAIR data education and trainings. The...view more
In a reaction to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and the halt of on-campus operations in Europe and beyond, digital access to scientific research and electronic resources is more important than ever. Several national rectors’ conferences and national consortia, including in France, Spain,...view more
EUA has provided input to a consultation on “Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research” by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This request for information was launched by OSTP as part of its efforts to...view more
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China (Covid-19) represents a significant and urgent threat to global health. EUA signed a statement by Wellcome to call on researchers, journals and funders to ensure that research findings and data relevant to this outbreak are shared rapidly and openly...view more
The Research Data Rights Summit took place in Paris on 27 January. Organised by Sorbonne University, the University of Amsterdam and University College London, all EUA members, the event brought together nine networks of research-intensive universities from around the world. Held on the...view more
Based on the data collected for the 2019 Big Deals Survey Report, this publication aims to deliver...read more
This report provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the current state of research...read more
The third edition of Micro-MOOC on Open Science will take place during International Open Access Week. The free Twitter course, organised by EUA member Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), will be accessible from 21-25 October. The course will offer university students, researchers and anyone...view more
The authors of “Plan S” have published revised implementation guidelines. The initiative aims to...read more
EUA has prepared a set of guidelines for the university sector to influence the national implementation of the EU Copyright Directive. The document highlights the key provisions that are relevant to education, research and innovation, as well as the opportunities and dangers involved in...view more
The European University Association (EUA), Universities Finland (UNIFI) and Universities Norway (UHR) strongly support the "Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication”. The Helsinki initiative brings forward the concept of “balanced multilingualism”,...view more
Despite a proliferation of initiatives to promote Open Science, many obstacles persist. Here,...read more
For Research Europe, EUA’s Vinciane Gaillard and Stephane Berghmans weigh in on recent efforts to...read more
Reforming research assessment is a hot topic, as community-driven momentum now meets national and...read more
Education’s digital transition has allowed students to study and researchers to work remotely...read more
How can universities address digital and academic sovereignty through jointly coordinated actions...read more
EU policy makers often fail to consider the specific nature of higher education, research and...read more
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the European University Association, Andrée Sursock...read more
UNESCO’s Global Open Science Partnership is well-timed in promoting a much-needed global dialogue...read more
The Covid-19 crisis led to major push towards Open Access, which is now well on its way to...read more
EUA President Michael Murphy assesses the challenges and opportunities brought by the coronavirus...read more
The Swedish Bibsam Consortium is taking a leading role in the transition to Open Access and aims...read more
While Europe discusses its data strategy, the digital transformation must be on the radar of...read more
Open Access publishing needs new business models for universities and disciplines that want to...read more
Scholarly publishing is at a crossroads between commercial vendors and community-driven services....read more
The Open University of Catalonia is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research...read more
The transition to Open Science and Open Access is gaining momentum in Europe, making it a shared...read more
Since the beginning of time scientific research has been based on exchanges between peers:...read more
The European University Association (EUA) and its Expert Group on ‘Science 2.0/Open Science’ are...read more
As part of the FAIRsFAIR project, EUA and the University of Göttingen are organising a workshop on the “Practical implementation of FAIR-related content in...Read more
15 September 2021 - 10.00 to 11.00 CEST In the context of the FAIRsFAIR project, EUA and the University of Amsterdam organised a workshop on “Training the...Read more
This webinar offered participants the opportunity to discuss the results and recommendations of the 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey Report. Focusing on the...Read more
This final webinar of the series "Universities and the future of scholarly publishing" addressed imminent and practical questions about universities and the...Read more
8 June 2021 – 14.00 to 15.30 CEST This third webinar of the series "Universities and the future of scholarly publishing" looked into the ins and outs of the...Read more
Tuesday, 8 December, 14.00-15.00 CET As a main partner in the FAIRsFAIR project, EUA organised this webinar to share and discuss the FAIRsFAIR policy and...Read more
Friday, 4 September 2020, 10:00-11:30 CEST EUA organised a webinar on 4 September to present the progress of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and to...Read more
EUA worked together with the Portuguese National Conference of Rectors (CRUP) and Conference of the Rectors of the Spanish Universities (CRUE) in the delivery...Read more
Following measures adopted across Europe to minimise health risks associated with the current coronavirus outbreak, EUA and OpenAIRE have decided with much...Read more
EUA is organising a series of workshops raising awareness and fostering discussion on research assessment reform. The 2019 edition will focus on research...Read more