BE-OPEN (Boosting Engagement of Serbian Universities in Open Science) is a structural project funded under the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education action. The project is coordinated by the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. The main objective of the project is to develop conditions for the implementation of the core principles of Open Science at universities in Serbia.
Open science, open innovation, and openness to the world are set as one of the main research and innovation strategies in the European Research Area. Open science provides an effective framework for the enhancement of research transparency, dissemination, collaborations, and accountability. Serbian academic community have recognized the importance and advantages of open science principles which is manifested through the numerous initiatives undertaken by the government bodies, faculties, libraries, NGOs, and journal publishers. However, in the absence of coordination, compromise on standards, and a solid legislative support, these initiatives seem isolated and ineffective from the global point of view. The main aim of the Project is to foster, standardize, and coordinate the implementation of open science principles at Serbian universities. The Project objective is threefold: 1. to advance national and institutional guidelines, policies, and incentives related to the open science, 2. to establish digital repositories at all Serbian universities and to foster their infrastructural development and interoperability, and 3. to build institutional and individual capacities in order to ensure the sustainable implementation of open science principles and enhance the social inclusiveness and accountability of publicly-funded research.
At the policy level, the aim is to develop the strategy at university level, which should harmonize the basic principles of treatment of the scientific research results with the highest European standards.
At the level of enhancing professional knowledge and skills, educational seminars will be organized for the researchers, journal editors and potential users of scientific knowledge and technologies in the fields of economy, culture and other educational institutions. The active use of the results of scientific and artistic work will be enabled both for researchers and the community.
At the level of implementation of project results, adequate monitoring of scientific and artistic production will be implemented at all universities in Serbia. This model of monitoring is essential for the process of evaluation of scientific work, transparency and visibility of scientific results.
Finally, at the level of integration of science and technology within the framework of the open access defined by the European Commission, project activities will provide the possibility for programme countries to contribute to the implementation of the basic principles of open science outside the EU framework.