Open COVID Pledge

“Immediate action is required to halt the COVID-19 Pandemic and treat those it has affected. It is a practical and moral imperative that every tool we have at our disposal be applied to develop and deploy technologies on a massive scale as quickly and effectively as possible.

We therefore pledge to make all intellectual property under our control available to any group or individual for use in their work to end the COVID-19 pandemic, free of charge and without encumbrances. In making the pledge described below, we grant a temporary license to patent, copyright, and related rights in order to speed the development and dissemination of the technologies needed to end the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize the impact of the disease.

Our intent in doing so is to advance the shared cause of ending the COVID-19 Pandemic, and we do so without any expectation of consideration or compensation, and with knowledge of the rights we are licensing….”

Open COVID Pledge

“Immediate action is required to halt the COVID-19 Pandemic and treat those it has affected. It is a practical and moral imperative that every tool we have at our disposal be applied to develop and deploy technologies on a massive scale as quickly and effectively as possible.

We therefore pledge to make all intellectual property under our control available to any group or individual for use in their work to end the COVID-19 pandemic, free of charge and without encumbrances. In making the pledge described below, we grant a temporary license to patent, copyright, and related rights in order to speed the development and dissemination of the technologies needed to end the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize the impact of the disease.

Our intent in doing so is to advance the shared cause of ending the COVID-19 Pandemic, and we do so without any expectation of consideration or compensation, and with knowledge of the rights we are licensing….”

Green Open Access Pledge

“Preprints are a fast and cost-effective way to make findings openly available (‘Green Open Access’). Some publishers discourage preprints by delaying their sharing (’embargoes’) or forbidding their updating after peer-review (‘post-print’ or ‘author accepted manuscript’). If a critical mass of researchers were to unanimously declare their intention to share pre- and post-prints, however, publishers would be compelled to endorse these practices or lose the value donated to them by the research community.

Criteria

Every time you publish, deposit the final peer-reviewed preprint (i.e., ‘post-print’) in an indexed repository without embargo
Every time you review, only review for journals that allow post-prints to be shared without embargo (i.e., ‘Green’ journals on Sherpa/Romeo)…”

Que faut-il faire pour que la science soit plus ouverte? (What needs to be done to make science more open?)

From Google’s English: 

“Open science is the practice of making research publications and data freely available. It takes advantage of the digital transition to develop open access to publications and, to the fullest extent possible, to research data.”

Free our knowledge

“The scholarly publishing system is inefficient, expensive, and promotes questionable research practices. Intense competition between researchers discourages us from embracing solutions to these problems (‘Open Science’), for fear we might risk our careers in the process. Our mission is to ‘kickstart’ progress by first organising a critical mass of support for certain Open Science practices (e.g. Open Access publishing), and then acting in a coordinated fashion to instantiate these practices as a new cultural norm….

Join the movement by pledging your support for each of the research practices below. For each campaign, you will select a ‘support threshold’ that determines when your pledge becomes active and deanonymised, thus preventing any risk to your career until you have the support of your research community….”

Mindray Signs Patient Safety Movement’s Open Data Pledge & Becomes 90th Company to Join to Improve Patient Safety | Business Wire

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announced today that the global medical device developer and manufacturer Mindray has become the 90th company to sign the PSMF’s Open Data Pledge, demonstrating its commitment to improving patient safety through data sharing….”

Mindray Signs Patient Safety Movement’s Open Data Pledge & Becomes 90th Company to Join to Improve Patient Safety | Business Wire

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announced today that the global medical device developer and manufacturer Mindray has become the 90th company to sign the PSMF’s Open Data Pledge, demonstrating its commitment to improving patient safety through data sharing….”

Adopting Plan S as an individual researcher

 I have decided to adopt Plan S as an individual researcher. This means that irrespective of who funds my research, the projects I start from 2020 on will follow all 10 Plan S principles. Note that so far no cap has been decided on the price of Author Publishing Charges for gold open access, so for the time being and for coherence, I will adopt as a cap that of Scientific Reports, the full open access journal to whose editorial board I belong (which on the other hand it is very similar to one of the pioneering journals of Open Access, PLOS ONE). Furthermore, I will not do any work or have any relationship whatsoever with journals where I would not be able to publish myself: no editing, no reviewing, nothing. Why from 2020? Simply for colleagues that may want to work with me on a project to be aware of my publication policy beforehand, before they do any work, and I want to give due notice to other journals I am currently working with. Same goes for prospective Ph D students or postdocs: be aware that your career may be hampered by coming to work with me….”

Free our Knowledge

“If a large proportion of academics were to simultaneously boycott these journals, they would quickly lose their value and the incentive to publish there would be reduced. The academic community could then transition the flow of knowledge from commercially-owned journals to fair open-access systems that are more in line with the ideals of the community….

We plan to grow a community of academics who pledge to exclusively support community-owned free open access publication systems. Crucially, pledges made by members will only become active when a pre-specified threshold of support has been reached in the academic community, with names anonymised until this time, allowing individuals to show support without risking their livelihoods….

Our Kickstarter-like system of pledges will be launched in 2019….”

Pledge – Project Aiur by Iris.ai

“The ecosystem of scientific publishing that we all rely on isn’t working as it should. Publishers generate profit by locking away vital results behind steep paywalls, going after those who breach them with deadly force. Research professionals are pressured to deliver, publish and review on tight deadlines, creating perverse incentives to exaggerate facts and omit assumptions and constraints. With little to no reward for authors and reviewers, and with the peer-review process hidden behind closed doors, reproducibility is disastrously low.

A radical change is needed. Science can be better; we need science to better. But the only way to change this is if we – researchers and scientists, librarians, scientific societies, R&D departments, universities, students, and innovators – all come together to bring about change.

We need your help. And your peers need yours. Sign the pledge today and commit to:

  • Make every effort to make your research openly available to the public.
  • Stand up to the dominant scientific publishing houses that extort the scientific community
  • Educate others and spread the message that science needs to be better…”