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Specific Challenge: The European Commission promotes a culture of openly sharing information among researchers, innovative industries and citizens. The technology continues to improve, thus making some innovative approaches possible. It is important to ensure that high levels of quality are maintained for research results. The release and dissemination of research results is a crucial element, but so are the measurement of their quality and impact with the right indicators.  There is a need to examine the situation from A to Z and adapt to the new solutions that better suit the needs of researchers, innovators, the public and funding bodies, and that are relevant to new technologies and expanding amounts of information.

Scope: From working on the public release of research results to evaluating their impact, the proposals shall seek in particular to examine how peer-review develops outside of traditional methods and support it, and how indicators and bibliometrics are adequate for different types of needs and promote them. With open access expanding beyond scientific articles to encompass data, monographs and books, it needs to be seen whether current methods of review and measurement of impact remain practical and relevant, or whether more innovative practices are needed, and how.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of the order of 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact: The action will contribute to the development of more open and comprehensive as well as gender sensitive ways of conducting research and fostering innovation. The use of new technology has the potential to ensure originality as well as high-quality contributions to science. This will be of benefit to the optimal circulation of knowledge within the European Research Area. It will contribute not only to better science but also to a more open science system, while ensuring that the impact of scientific information on all actors of the society can be measured in a reliable way.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Action.


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