The Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), an Expert Group that advises the European Commission on how to develop open science policy, and on which EuChemS is represented, met for the third time in its second mandate in April in Bucharest, Romania. The group, which brings together representatives from academia, publishers, and various associations and organisations, meets on a regular basis to discuss ways forward in the transition to open science in Europe.
Discussions during this third meeting focused on the changing scholarly publishing landscape and whether and how the OSPP should look beyond the remit of its mandate. Representatives in turn deliberated on solutions to move from a “reflection mode” to an “implementation mode” that would provide the European Commission with a clearer set of steps forward.
A subgroup of the OSPP, tasked with working on Indicators for Engagement with Open Science, presented its recent working document outlining recommendations for contextualised open science indicators.
OSPP members were also invited to submit feedback on the report on the future of scholarly communications prepared by the Expert Group. EuChemS published a position paper which highlights its views on what lies ahead, what role Learned Societies can and will play, and how stakeholder cooperation and dialogue will be crucial to encourage a sustainable and quality scholarly communications landscape.
The next OSPP meeting will take place in October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, where, amongst a range of topics, the role of open science in the Horizon Europe research framework programme will be discussed.