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New Study about Open Science in the Berlin Research Area published

News from May 10, 2023

The Berlin Science Survey project, funded by the Berlin University Alliance, has published a focus report on Open Science following last year's survey. The study authors, Dr. Denise Lüdtke, Fabian Schaffer and Dr. Jens Ambrasat, analyze under the title "Open Science. Research Practices in the Berlin Research Space," the attitudes, assessments, and needs of Berlin researchers regarding the open science practices of open access publications, data sharing, code and material sharing, open peer review, and citizen science.

The differentiation by status and subject groups as central influencing factors, for example, clearly shows in which contexts openness is already practiced and where there is a need for further support. Core findings of the report are:

  1. "Scientists broadly accept the expansion of open science, with the majority of scientists in the Berlin research area expressing positive attitudes towards open science and considering its expansion to be important for science.
  2. The majority of them expect an expansion of open science to have positive effects for science in general. However, about one third of the respondents also see risks and dangers. The higher status groups, especially professors, and of the various subject groups especially humanities scientists tend to be more skeptical about the effects of open science.
  3. The spread of open science varies between subject groups and for each of the five addressed practices. Open access publishing is the most widespread practice. Scientists report that between 46% (in the humanities) and 64% (in the natural sciences) of their publications are publicly and freely accessible. In general, there is a positive correlation between practicing open science and having positive attitudes towards open science.
  4. Quite a few respondents see hurdles in the implementation of individual open science practices. A quarter of the respondents see great or very great difficulties in implementing open access publishing, and just under half see difficulties with data sharing. These assessments vary according to status, but above all according to which research field a scientist belongs to. Two-fifths of the respondents would like to see more support for the implementation of open science from their institution." (Lüdtke, Schaffer und Ambrasat 2023, S. 3

The detailed report supports the development of support measures for open science practices at BUA. This must be target-specific and must take into account the different needs of the research situation and subject cultures.

BUA is currently developing a mission statement for Open Science as an orientation framework in a consultative strategy process. In this way, the alliance contributes to the targeted promotion of Open Science practices across disciplines and status groups.

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