Changes impacting the natural sciences and engineering fields include a sense of “hyper-competition” for research funding that is particularly affecting young investigators, says Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman, the chair of a new Council of Canadian Academies expert panel that released a report this week.
Topic: Open access
Citing the effect on early career researchers, the ERC’s governing Scientific Council reiterated its support for open-access publishing while withdrawing from Plan S, the open-access initiative spearhead by the international consortium of research funders known as cOAlition S.
While Canada lags behind Europe on the open-access movement in science, Quebec is working quickly to catch up.
The start date for Plan S, a Europe-led vision to make full and immediate open-access to publicly funded research a reality, has been postponed by a year to January 1, 2021, in response to public feedback.
An international consortium of research funders is moving rapidly to transform academic publishing. Known as Coalition S, the group has approved a plan that requires full and immediate open access to research funded by national and European research councils and funding bodies, beginning January 1, 2020. Canada is not part of the consortium, but it could feel the impact.