In a bold move to address the urgent need for unrestricted access to scientific knowledge, the Frontiers Research Foundation has launched the Open Science Charter. This global initiative calls upon governments, research institutions, funders, the scientific community, and citizens worldwide to rally behind the mandate for open access to all publicly funded scientific knowledge by 2030.
As the climate emergency accelerates, posing an existential threat to our planet, the Open Science Charter emphasizes the critical role of science solutions in addressing irreversible tipping points and mitigating dire consequences. The Charter contends that the most significant accelerator to combat climate change and address global challenges is the mandatory open access to publicly funded articles and data.
The current system, which restricts access to much of scientific research, poses barriers not only to scientists but also to practitioners, innovators, and entrepreneurs globally. The Open Science Charter argues that these restrictions are especially severe for breakthroughs in sustainability and climate sciences. Urgent action is needed to remove these knowledge barriers that hinder efforts to reverse and mitigate the effects of climate change.
The shift towards net-zero clean economies, the Charter asserts, not only hinges on open access to scientific knowledge but also requires political commitment to evidence-based action. Governments and universities, as custodians of public funds, bear significant responsibility in empowering innovators to deliver practical solutions by ensuring the immediate and unrestricted sharing of research findings.
Several research funders, including the European Commission through initiatives like Plan S, have already taken steps to mandate open access to publicly funded research. The Open Science Charter commends these efforts and urges for the universal adoption of such practices, emphasizing that transparency, inclusivity, accessibility, and reproducibility should be inherent in publicly funded scientific research worldwide.
The Charter, to be presented at COP28 during the panel 'Open Science for Inclusive and Transformative Climate and Sustainability Innovation' on December 2 in Dubai, outlines fundamental principles and actions to reinforce trust in science and prioritize the public good. Key points include: Unrestricted Access by 2030: Commit to transitioning all published research articles from subscription to fully open-access models before the end of this decade; Uphold Peer-Review Quality: Preserve and champion the core values of scientific publishing, including registration, validation, certification, and perpetual conservation of scientific findings; Transparent Pricing Linked to Quality: Adopt transparent financial models that directly correlate the price of publication with the quality of services offered; and Strengthen Trust in Science: Make knowledge available to the public who helped fund it and will benefit from its accessibility.
The Open Science Charter invites global participation and engagement, urging individuals to read and sign the Charter here. The initiative marks a crucial step towards fostering collaboration, transparency, and accessibility in the realm of scientific knowledge for the betterment of humanity and the planet.Click here to read the original press release.