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Open science at Linnaeus University

Open science is about ensuring that research benefits everyone in the best possible way. Both UNESCO and the EU have taken a clear position in favor of open science, and the EU actively supports the transition towards open science. In Sweden, SUHF has drawn up a roadmap for the Swedish higher education institutions. Linnaeus University's Vision 2030 states: "Linnaeus University is part of society. We want to work openly to promote academic development and make an impression". This is the core idea of open science: knowledge should be freely communicated to society, and society, in turn, should be able to leave its mark on and contribute to research.

The goal of Linnaeus University's open science project is for the entire university to be guided by the principle of "as open as possible, as closed as necessary". Achieving this requires effective support where it is easy to do the right thing. The ultimate justification for this is to realise academic freedom in a digitalised world. Open science is the Enlightenment ideal adapted for the digital age.

This webpage serves as a resource to inspire, explain, and guide you in any questions about open science. We also present the latest news from Linnaeus University's portfolio project on open science.

Project: Open science

New project assignment on open science

On 5 April 2023, the vice-chancellor decided on a project assignment for open science. The project includes five sub-projects and will run for two years. The steering group's start-up meeting took place on 13 April.

The five sub-projects with project leaders are as follows:

Background information and project directives can be found on Medarbetare.

You are welcome to get involved

The work with open science is exciting, necessary, and sometimes tricky. Open science will affect everyone at the university. High participation from all parts of the university is needed to illuminate and discuss what is possible and desirable based on our conditions. If you have questions about the project or want to know more about how you can get involved, contact project coordinator Bo Bergbäck and deputy project coordinator Mattias Gunnarsson and Helena Wickenberg Juhlin.

Latest news from the project

Here you can find news from the project on open science and the various sub-projects.

Current affairs at Linnaeus University

Here you will find information about various events and activities related to the work on open science at Linnaeus University. This could include webinars, seminars, or workshops.

News about open science

Here you can take part of national and international news about open science. There are also tips on conferences and webinars.

Support for researchers

Welcome to explore the research support offered by the university's various departments, gathered under a common portal. The support on these pages follows the research process as it may look in an open science system.

Medarbetare – for those who conduct research

How to make your research practice more open

Here you can find good examples and tips and tricks from colleagues at Linnaeus University as well as from other parts of Sweden and the rest of the world!

What is Open Science?

Open science is defined in the National Library of Sweden’s proposal for national guidelines for open science, based on UNESCO's recommendations, as follows:

  • Open science aims to make scientific knowledge openly accessible, available, and reusable for everyone.
  • Through openness and transparency in all parts of the research process, scientific quality and trust in research are strengthened. It enables increased scientific collaboration and knowledge exchange, benefiting both science and society.
  • Open science encompasses all scientific disciplines and research approaches, from basic research to applied research.

The recommendations also highlight six priority areas:

  • Open access to scientific publications
  • Open access to research data
  • Open research methods
  • Open learning resources
  • Public participation in the research process
  • Digital infrastructure that supports open science

These areas largely, but not entirely, coincide with the areas that make up the sub-projects in Linnaeus University's portfolio project on open science. Important sources of inspiration for the initiation of the project were SUHF's Nationell färdplan för öppen vetenskap och Vägledning för implementering av färdplan för öppen vetenskap.

Below, various aspects of open science are described in more detail. You can also read more and find links to relevant documents, initiatives, and policy developments, both nationally and internationally.