Open Science training and education: challenges and difficulties on the researchers' side and in public engagement


Open Science may become the next scientific revolution, but still lingers in a pre-paradigmatic phase, characterised by the lack of established definitions and domains. Certainly, Open Science requires a new vision of the way to produce and share scientific knowledge, as well as new skills. Therefore, education plays a crucial role in supporting this cultural change along the path of science. This is the basic principle inspiring the collection of essays published in this issue of JCOM, which deals with many subjects ranging from open access to the public engagement in scientific research, from open data to the social function of preprint servers for the physicians' community. These are issues that go along with the targets of the FOSTER project (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) funded by the European Union, which has provided interesting food for thought in order to write this commentary.


15 December 2015



Open science is the most recent paradigm shift in the practice of science.


During the last decade universities have developed policies and infrastructures to support open access to publications but now it is time to move a step forward.


When entering the research world, Early Career Researchers (ECRs) may encounter difficulties building a good reputation for their research, its quality and the research results.


For decades, particle physicists have been using open access archives of preprints, i.e. research papers shared before the submission to peer reviewed journals.