PPMI will lead a consortium which will conduct a study for the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) on ‘Open access to publications and research data management and sharing within ERC projects’. The goal of this study is to better understand the current practices and attitudes among ERC funded researchers to the provision of open access publications as well as research data management, sharing and reuse. This study will not only identify common challenges encountered by ERC funded researchers, but also incentives and support available to them, in particular, but not only, at the level of ERC host institutions.  The study will employ several different research methods, including desk research, a survey of ERC beneficiaries, case studies and bibliometric analysis. In addition, country profiles of EU-28 states and  Switzerland, Norway and Israel will be prepared comprising information related to legal provisions, policies and guidelines on open access and research data management available in a country. At the end of the project, different scenarios for the future development of the ERC’s approach towards open access to publications, research data management and sharing, and open science more generally.

The study will be carried out in cooperation with partners from the University of Edinburg, the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Science-Metrix and Athena Research and Innovation centre. This study will be completed by February, 2019. For more information on the project, please contact Vilius StanĨiauskas.

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