G6 statement on open science


As the Open Science European Conference approaches (February 4-5, 2022), the G6 network, which brings together six major European multidisciplinary research organizations - CNR, CNRS, CSIC, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Association and Max Planck Society1 - and represents 135,000 staff, wants to highlight its common positions on open science.

  • 1Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR, Italy), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS, France), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC, Spain), Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft et Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Germany).

The statement emphasises six priorities to support the transition to Open Science and foster excellence in research: accelerating Open Access as the default mode of academic publishing; making research data “as open as possible and as closed as necessary” in line with the FAIR2 principles; extending the principles of Open Science to research software; developing new procedures and criteria to assess research aligned with and supporting the development of Open Science; facilitating the necessary skill building process; lastly, maintaining appropriate infrastructures and services, across Europe if not globally, to keep up with current and future requirements resulting from the transition to Open Science. By jointly addressing these priorities, G6 institutions intend to actively contribute to this transition and to the concerted effort it requires to transform the practices of sharing knowledge between scientific communities.

  • 2For Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable data.