Open Scholarship Strategy

Published by Access 2 Perspectives on

This article was originally published at by our colleague Duncan Nicholas.

After more than a year of work, the Open Scholarship Strategy document has been published in full.

The work was inspired by the Foundations for OER Strategy Development, the FORCE11 Scholarly Commons Working Group, and developed by an open contribution working group of 32 people, including Jonathan Tennant, Jennifer Beamer, Jeroen Bosman, Björn Brembs, Johanna Havermann, and Tony Ross-Hellauer.

The document aims to find agreements for a broad, international strategy for the implementation of open scholarship that meets the needs of different national and regional communities, that works globally.

The publication of this document arrives at a prescient time, with PlanS setting a critical juncture for European research, and AmeliCA setting out wider-reaching terms for collaborative, sustainable, and non-commercial solutions for open knowledge in Latin America and the Global South. This Open Scholarship document reminds us that the access to articles is just one aspect of an academic culture looking to improve transparency, accessibility and utility of academic work and knowledge.

The Open Scholarship Strategy group state that

Scholarly research can be idealised as an inspirational process for advancing our collective knowledge to the benefit of all humankind. However, current research practices often struggle with a range of tensions, in part due to the fact that this collective (or “commons”) ideal conflicts with the competitive system in which most scholars work, and in part because much of the infrastructure of the scholarly world is becoming largely digital. What is broadly termed as Open Scholarship is an attempt to realign modern research practices with this ideal.

In light of this statement, the purpose of the strategy document is to provide a concise analysis of the current position of  global open scholarship, highlighting common themes and strengths, opportunities and challenges, and how the global community can work together more effectively to recognise and address top strategic priorities.

Read on at

The full Open Scholarship Strategy can be found on BITSS Preprints at

To learn more about Open Science explore the Open Science MOOC website and its accompinying online educational materials at