Open Science policy of the University of Strasbourg

What does open science mean ?

The open science movement aims to freely disseminate scientific research in order to make it accessible to all. Open science covers both the dissemination of research results (scientific publications) and research data.

In this context, the University of Strasbourg and its Alsatian partners* collaborate and offer services to researchers, such as the Alsatian open archive platform Univoak. At the national level, the plan for open science unveiled on July 4, 2018, has been evaluated and a second plan was made public on July 6, 2021.

*Université de Haute-Alsace, Institut national des sciences appliquées de Strasbourg, Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire, Ecole nationale du génie de l'eau et de l'environnement de Strasbourg, Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Strasbourg

Open science is a new way of understanding science, of forging links with society through free access to publications and data or through the co-construction of knowledge, and of serving citizens.

Mathieu Schneider, Vice President Culture, Science-Society and Solidarity Actions of the University of Strasbourg

The university is committed to making its data available to the public, to disseminating it, but not indiscriminately.

Michel Deneken, president of the University of Strasbourg

The Open Science Steering Committee

The Open Science Steering Committee of the University of Strasbourg has been chaired since 2021 by Rémi Barillon, Vice-President of Research, Doctoral Training and Open Science. It is composed of :

  • Rémi Barillon, Vice President Research, Doctoral Training and Open Science;
  • Michel de Mathelin, First Vice-President and Vice-President for Relations with the Socio-Economic World and Research valorisation;
  • Mathieu Schneider, Vice President Culture, Science-Society and Solidarity Actions

The permanent guests are:

  • Evelyne Klotz, Deputy Director General of Services (DGSa) Research, Innovation, Partnerships, Development, DD&RS
  • Pierre Mirabel, Director of the Research and Development Department
  • Martine Gemmerlé, Director of the Library Department
  • Julien Dupré, Deputy Director of the ITI Department

At the operational level, the committed is assisted by 4 thematic project managers:

  • Adeline Rege: in charge of Open Access, in connection with Rémi Barillon, Vice-President of Research, Doctoral Training and Open Science
  • Mélodie Faury: in charge of Science and Society, in collaboration with Mathieu Schneider, Vice-President of Culture, Science and Society and Solidarity Actions
  • Jérôme Pansanel: in charge of Services and infrastructures for research data, in collaboration with Rémi Barillon, Vice-President of Research, Doctoral Training and Open Science
  • Julie Thompson: in charge of Data and Open Research Data, in collaboration with Rémi Barillon, Vice-President of Research, Doctoral Training and Open Science

The open science policy of the University of Strasbourg was adopted by its Research Commission on September 25, 2019. It is based on eight pillars, in accordance with the LERU (European League of Research Universities) roadmap on open science, and which are detailed in this section. The steering committee is led by Noémi Cobolet, in charge of promotion and communication on the open science policy of the University of Strasbourg. If you have any questions, suggestions or need information on the projects related to open science and on the present steering committee, please contact Noémi Cobolet: cobolet@unistra.fr

Open Science initiatives supported by the University of Strasbourg

In accordance with the commitment made by its Research Commission on 17 October 2018 and when signing the Jussieu Call for Open Science and Bibliodiversity, the University of Strasbourg promotes bibliodiversity and innovative models of scientific publication by financially supporting numerous initiatives and infrastructures. These initiatives must meet the following criteria:

  • be national or international in scope
  • be for the benefit of the scientific communities
    guarantee the scientific quality of the work published
  • have a transparent and fair economic model;
  • have established a governance system centred on the scientific communities.

Since 2018, the University of Strasbourg has funded or is funding the following infrastructures, organisations and initiatives:

  • The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): bibliographic reference database for open access electronic journals ;
  • SPARC Europe: European foundation for the promotion of open science;
  • EDP Sciences: publisher of science, technology and health journals, as part of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation's support plan for scientific publishing;
  • Erudit.org: a French-language platform of Social Science and Humanities (SSH) journals from North America;
  • SCOAP3: international consortium led by CERN to finance the transition to open access for high-energy physics journals;
  • OpenEdition Journals: French platform of Social Science and Humanities (SSH) journals;
  • Knowledge Unlatched: an ebook release programme;
  • Fair Open Access Alliance: international foundation that helps journals move from a subscription-based to an open access business model with no barriers for authors;
  • Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR): an international organisation that networks open archives to ensure the technological quality of the infrastructure;
  • Open Library of Humanities: a platform for publishing Social Science and Humanities (SSH) journals in open access at no cost to authors;
  • Sci-Post: a platform for open access journal publishing in the physical sciences;
  • Le Centre Mersenne: public infrastructure for open access publishing of scientific journals, books and seminar proceedings;
  • Peer Community In: INRAE's initiative to offer a peer reviewing and recommendation service for scientific papers deposited on preprint servers or open archives;
  • Open access digital textbook project in history: project coordinated by Couperin consortium (Couperin.org) in partnership with Nouveau Monde éditions