Open Science in a COVID-19 World by Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR
Open access has continued to spread since the Berlin Declaration, but there is still a long way to go. For research data the situation is even worse. However, with COVID-19, the importance of open science has emerged. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid sharing of research findings and a joint effort around the world. Scholarly publishers have freely disclosed articles on COVID-19, and major funders have published guidelines, including immediate disclosure of the results of research on COVID-19. COVID-19-related preprints have also increased significantly. This pandemic made us realize the need for fundamental changes in the research paradigm and publishing. However, there are also side effects such as an increase in the number of COVID-19-related papers withdrawn, so it is necessary to prepare countermeasures. It is also important to consider open science's global diversity. To this end, COAR is conducting various studies such as next-generation repositories, overlay journals, pubfair, and overlay peer review. Efforts should be made to ensure that interest in open science continues even after COVID-19 has passed.