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The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century

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The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century. Working Group “Open Access and Scholarly Communication” of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA). June 2016.

Currently, there is a strong push to address the apparent deficits of the scholarly communication system. Open Science has the potential to change the production and dissemination of scholarly knowledge for the better, but there is no commonly shared vision that describes the system that we want to create. 

Between April 2015 and June 2016, members of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA) working group “Open Access and Scholarly Communication” met in Vienna to discuss this matter. The main outcome of our considerations is a set of twelve principles that represent the cornerstones of the future scholarly communication system. They are designed to provide a coherent frame of reference for the debate on how to improve the current system. With this document, we are hoping to inspire a widespread discussion towards a shared vision for scholarly communication in the 21st century.

  1. Accessibility.- Scholarly communication should be immediately and openly accessible by anyone.
  2. Discoverability.- Scholarly communication should facilitate search, exploration and discovery.
  3. Reusability.- Scholarly communication should enable everyone to effectively build on top of each other’s work.
  4. Reproducibility.- Scholarly communication should provide reproducible research results.
  5. Transparency.- Scholarly communication should provide open and transparent means for judging the credibility of a research result.
  6. Understandability.- Scholarly communication should provide research in a clear, concise and understandable way adjusted to different stakeholders.
  7. Collaboration.- Scholarly communication should foster collaboration and participation between researchers and their stakeholders.
  8. Quality Assurance.- Scholarly communication should provide transparent and competent review.
  9. Evaluation. -Scholarly communication should support fair evaluation.
  10. Validated Progress.- Scholarly communication should promote both the production of new knowledge and the validation of existing knowledge.
  11. Innovation.-Scholarly communication should embrace the possibilities of new technology
  12. Public Good.- Scholarly communication should expand the knowledge commons.



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