Open science and open access in the Slovenian draft Research and Development Act

Public consultation is open until 29 November 2017 on the draft Slovenian Research and Development Act. The news item at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport website states that the purpose of the act is to ensure relevant conditions for the development of qualitative and globally comparable research and development, through enabling relevant funding, awarding excellent researchers, ensuring open access to scientific publications and research data, and with high levels of ethics and integrity. Regarding open access, the news item informs that in the draft act legal background is being defined according to the national open access strategy.

In the draft act, Chapter 4 is entitled Open science and open access to scientific publications and research data.

Article 21 entitled Open science determines that research and development as per this act are carried out according to the principles of open science (i.e., access to scientific publications and research data, evaluation of research quality and impact, inclusion of interested public). Detailed requirements are designed in subordinated regulations, according to recommendations from European research policies and good international practices.

Article 22 entitled Scientific publications and research data determines that beneficiaries have to enable open access to all peer-reviewed scientific articles. Beneficiaries should strive for openness of other types of publications (i.e., scientific monographs, books, lectures published in proceedings, grey literature – reports …). Research data, co-funded with public means, has to be open and accessible, except when legislation determines different provisions. Open research data has to be published in such a way that it is accessible, it can be re-evaluated and re-used. Detailed requirements are defined in subordinated regulation.

Article 23 entitled Scientific journals and monographs of Slovenian publishers determines that journals published by publishers, based in Slovenia, incorporating peer-reviewed articles and receiving national public funding for their activities, have to be openly accessible. Public funding of scientific monographs is carried out under conditions that enable open access to the full text of scientific monographs upon publication and licensing of copyright with open licenses.

Article 24 entitled Monitoring non-compliance with provisions on open access to scientific publications and research data determines that monitoring is done by funder in the framework of monitoring research and development activities. Consequences of non-compliance are defined in subordinated regulation.

Article 25 entitled Interoperability of national open access infrastructure and open access in research evaluation determines that national open access infrastructure has to be interoperable with European and international infrastructures. Research evaluation uses and encourages open access to scientific information in the form of publications and research data. Evaluation criteria include relevant new ways of evaluating research.

A form for opinions regarding the draft Research and Development Act is available.

 

Petra Tramte, National Point of Reference for Access to and Preservation of Scientific Information, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Mojca Kotar, OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk, University of Ljubljana

Mojca Kotar

Mojca Kotar, Assistant Secretary General of the University of Ljubljana in the University Office of Library Services. OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk for Slovenia.

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