JSPG, UNESCO and MGCY Launch 2022 Call for Papers and Competition on Open Science Policies as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
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WASHINGTON, DC (February 21, 2022) - The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) are pleased to announce a call for papers and competition on shaping the future of global scientific practices in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on Open Science Policies as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
While the open science movement has gained significant momentum over the last several years, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for increased access to scientific knowledge and fostering international scientific collaboration. It has also created opportunities for institutions and governments to develop tools needed for highlighting the crucial role of basic sciences for sustainable development.
“Closed science models are at an impasse, because they amplify inequalities between countries and researchers, and because they only make scientific progress available to a minority. The health crisis has shown the incredible potential of scientific collaboration, which allowed us to sequence the genome of the COVID-19 virus so quickly,” said Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General. “The solidarity shown by the scientific community is a model for the future: in the face of global challenges, we need collective intelligence, today more than ever. As countries call for international scientific collaboration, as the scientific community, civil society, innovators and the private sector mobilize in these unprecedented times, the urgency of the transition to open science has never been more clear.”
We invite students, post-doctoral researchers, policy fellows, early career researchers and young professionals from around the world to develop bold and innovative policy and governance ideas for exploring the untapped potential of open science to create a better society, and push for the attainment of the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Submission deadline: July 10, 2022.
The call for papers and competition will result in a Special Topics Issue of JSPG to be released in 2022. Authors of the top three publications will have the opportunity to present in UNESCO and MGCY events on open science. This Special Issue is supported in-kind by outreach partners from the Global Young Academy Open Science Working Group.
“Open science, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and to creating a more equitable global society. Young people, especially young scientists and engineers, have an important role to play in the process of open science policy creation and implementation because it is our lives and our careers that will be the most powerfully impacted by open science,” said Victoria Lovins, Co-Platform Coordinator, Science-Policy Interface, Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY).
Leading up to the submission deadline, JSPG will organize a series of training sessions to provide prospective authors with opportunities to practice policy writing for the Special Issue, and to inspire and empower them with expert perspectives on open science policies to inform their submissions. These events will include a science policy paper writing workshop on open science policy development, collaborative governance, scientific culture, and international cooperation, and a series of four webinars where content experts will discuss open science topics to be covered in the Special Issue.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for increased sharing of scientific knowledge and collaboration across the globe. Now more than ever, it is critical to break down barriers to accessing this knowledge across countries and within our local communities, and to build a common vision for a better society,” said Adriana Bankston, JSPG CEO and Managing Publisher. “JSPG is thrilled to partner with UNESCO and MGCY on this call for papers, and to incorporate the innovative policy ideas developed by the next generation into shaping the future of our society by leveraging the potential of open science.”
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance is a nonprofit organization and open-access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows and young scholars in science, technology and innovation policy. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
Created in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) builds peace by fostering international cooperation in education, the sciences and culture. As the only specialized United Nations agency with an explicit mandate for science, UNESCO promotes international scientific cooperation, helps developing countries to build their scientific and technological capacity and supports Member States’ efforts to develop effective, inclusive public policies. The Organization’s work extends to standard-setting in its fields of competence. One of these standard-setting instruments is the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, adopted by 193 countries in November 2021. This Recommendation is the first international framework to provide guidelines on how to use open science to make science more equitable and inclusive. Visit https://en.unesco.org and follow on Twitter @UNESCO to learn more.
The Major Group for Children and Youth is the UN General Assembly-mandated and self-organized mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in certain UN processes. MGCY acts as a bridge between young people and the UN system in order to ensure that their right to meaningful participation is realized. MGCY does so by engaging formal and informal communities of young people, in the design, implementation, monitoring, follow-up, and review of sustainable development policies at all levels of the UN system. Visit https://www.unmgcy.org and follow on Twitter @UNMGCY to learn more.
About the GYA Working Group on Open Science
Recognizing that open science fosters research communication that is inclusive, effective, and conducive to collaboration and discovery across fields and locations, the GYA working group on Open Science aims to inform current transformations in publication systems, institutions and technologies by (1) garnering and voicing young researchers’ views on which scientific outputs should be disseminated, how, to whom and with which expectations; (2) investigating the challenges and opportunities involved in implementing open science mandates across highly diverse research environments; (3) promoting open science mandates across the GYA membership and partner organizations. The Global Young Academy is an independent science academy of 200 outstanding early- to mid-career researchers from six continents who are selected from across disciplines based on their academic excellence and commitment to engage with society. The mission of the GYA is to give a voice to early-career researchers across the globe. Visit https://globalyoungacademy.net/activities/open-science/ and follow @GlobalYAcademy on Twitter to learn more.