IntroductionGYA member Sabina Leonelli supports call for Open Science
The Global Young Academy (GYA), the voice of young scientists around the world, today issued a postion statement identifying obstacles standing in the way of giving free access to scientific results and data.
The GYA calls for scientific results to be made freely available for scientists around the world and for future generations.
GYA members are chosen for their demonstrated excellence in scientific achievement. Egenis Senior Lecturer is one of the 172 members from 54 countries.
"Young researchers can make significant contributions to the set-up, development and maintenance of platforms for open access," said Dr Leonelli. "They are typically strongly committed to global collaboration and a culture of sharing resources and results."
The lack of access to publicly funded research is a major issue for researchers based in developing countries, says the GYA. Publishers and funding agencies should be encouraged to work towards a model that provides them with access free of charge. In addition, funding bodies should adequately recognise work published in open access journals and online, and recognise and encourage the development of innovative Open Science projects. Beyond making data available, a long-term strategy for data storage and maintenance needs to be developed.