Special Topics Call for Submissions ​ Open Science Policies as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

22 April 2022


The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCOand the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCYare pleased to announce a call for papers and competition on shaping the future of global scientific practices in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on Open Science Policies as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Open science is a movement towards a more accessible, more transparent, and more participatory way of designing, conducting, publishing, and evaluating scholarly research. Open science can be a true game changer in bridging the science, technology and innovation gaps between and within countries, fulfilling the human right to science and leaving no one behind. 

We invite students, post-doctoral researchers, policy fellows, early career researchers and young professionals from around the world to develop bold and innovative policy and governance ideas for exploring the untapped potential of open science to create a better society, and push for the attainment of the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Submission deadline: July 10, 2022. 

This Special Issue is supported in-kind by outreach partners from the Global Young Academy Open Science Working Group

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Submission Guidelines & Competition:

Submissions to the Special Issue will be accepted until EOD on July 10, 2022. All article formats published by JSPG can be submitted to this Special Issue. Submissions will be reviewed by the JSPG editorial board. Accepted articles will undergo peer review by the JSPG editorial board. Following peer review, accepted articles will be entered into a policy paper competition, where a committee of experts in open science policies will select the top three articles. First, second and third place article winners will have the opportunity to present in UNESCO and MGCY events on open science. The criteria by which competition winners will be chosen can be found in this rubric.

All published authors will be supported through strategic communications and interviewed for episodes of JSPG's podcast SciPol SoundBites and will be invited to participate in outreach events and opportunities organized by JSPG, UNESCO and MGCY once the issue is released. 

Guiding Events:

Leading up to the submission deadline, JSPG will organize a series of training sessions to provide prospective authors with opportunities to practice policy writing for the Special Issue, and to inspire and empower them with expert perspectives on open science policies to inform their submissions.

Please register for the writing workshop and webinar series below. More information on these events will be shared as it becomes available. Questions regarding these events may be directed to JSPG's Director of Programs and Events Julianne McCall.
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