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Information and Library Center of the Medical University of Lodz, Poland
Nowadays, we see an increasing number of research funders that, along with excellent academic approaches and disciplinary standards, obligate open scientific practice too. Publications in open access models and good research data management practices like data management plan, FAIR principles become a standard requirement in grant applications. On top of that, major public donors of research in Europe have joined cOAlition S and developed Plan S. The fundamental principle of „Shock” Plan states that by 2021, scientists and researchers who benefit from state-funded research organizations and institutions have to publish their work outputs in open access journals or platforms, or made immediately available in repositories without any embargo. Furthermore, many universities, research institutions require or encourage their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article by depositing its institutional repository. Not to mention, that the next EU Framework Program, Horizon Europe (2021-2027), will place an even stronger focus on open science. It will be the first pillar of the programme. On the other hand, requirements developed in EU Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (H2020), do not seem to be sufficient to ensure that the openness goal is delivered. In many projects, coordinators have not seriously considered open science at the submission stage, and it only appears just like an administrative obligation, not as a matter of scientific values and the ultimate quality of the product. This poster presents a variety of our activities to support researchers to take into account all dimensions of open science. First of all, collaborating with other university departments, we developed the InterScienceCloud project– Medical University of Lodz, Scientific Research Information Platform. The project received funds within the framework of Operational Programme Digital Poland. Its aims at facilitating the access to MUL scientific resources and the information on scientific and research activities currently being conducted as well as studies already completed. An integrated data storage platform is being created to provide comprehensive information on MUL researchers’ scientific achievements, research data, bibliography, patents, services and research equipment as well as the university research potential. In the second place, we developed Institutional Open Access Policy of the Medical University of Lodz, which enable efficient open scientific communication and wide dissemination of publicly funded research outputs. Doing so, we made sure open science objectives and resources are well balanced. Our open-access mandate policy became an opportunity for researchers to improve their project proposals, adopt and forming good habits such as releasing data and materials in a way that enable others to verify or replicate published findings and building further research. Additionally, we assist researchers to address open science issues and put into practice their commitments. Project coordinators and their teams can get support to fulfil the project obligations and make suitable choices for research data management. Finally, we developed a website and courses for researchers, young scientists, PhD students to improve their open science skills.
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