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CERN publishes comprehensive open science policy -

In September 2022, CERN approved a new policy for open science at the Organization, with immediate effect. The policy aims to make all CERN research fully accessible, inclusive, democratic and transparent, for both other researchers and wider society. It was developed by the Open Science Strategy Working Group (OSSWG), which includes members from every CERN department. Drawing on existing bottom-up initiatives, the working group designed comprehensive guidelines for the CERN community on sharing its research within a new framework for open science. Published alongside the policy document is a dedicated website explaining all the open science initiatives at CERN.

The completed policy follows the 2020 update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, which highlighted the importance of open science, and UNESCO’s Recommendation on Open Science, published in 2021. Open science has always been one of CERN’s key values, dating back to the signing of the CERN Convention at UNESCO in 1952. Because of this, initiatives at CERN have continually strived for research transparency and accessibility for the benefit of science and society.

The new policy encompasses the existing policies for open access, open data and open source software and hardware, which make all research papers, experimental data and research software and hardware publicly available. It also brings together other existing elements of open science – research integrity, open infrastructure and research assessment, which make research reliable and reproducible – and training, outreach and citizen science, which aim to educate and create dialogue with the next generation of researchers and the public.

CERN’s new Open Science Policy heralds a new era in knowledge sharing. The OSSWG will continue to assess how open science operates at CERN, developing the policy in accordance with new research. Alongside this, a new open science report will be published each year, showing CERN’s continued commitment to the initiative.

The full policy document is available here and the dedicated website is openscience.cern.

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