Opening the Record of Science

making scholarly publishing work for science in the digital era

Efficient access to the record of science – for authors and for readers – is essential for science and society. This ISC Report examines the current landscape of scholarly publishing, explores future trends and proposes seven principles for scientific and scholarly publishing.

Released by the International Science Council, 18 Feb 2021. DOI: 10.24948/2021.01

Concerns about the extent to which contemporary scientific and scholarly publishing systems serve the needs of researchers and the public have been raised repeatedly in recent years. This report – which is aimed at the scientific community and its institutions – seeks to establish a shared view of the principles and priorities of the scholarly publishing system. It proposes a series of normative principles that should underlie the operation of scientific and scholarly publishing; describes the current publishing landscape and its trajectory of evolution; analyses the extent to which the principles are observed in practice; and identifies problematic issues that need to be addressed in realizing those principles.

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!! Follow-up post, 22 Feb 2021 !!
All ISC Members are invited to provide feedback and to indicate their interest in engaging with the next phase of the project. For more information, please contact Lizzie Sayer.


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