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The University of Debrecen has joined the Hungarian Resolution on Open Science, a nation-wide academic commitment of Hungarian universities to facilitate the development of Hungarian science by making it more accessible, more open. Further details of the commitment, set out as a response to “the current paradigm shift in the world of science,” are encompassed in a statement submitted by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office), which initiated the movement.

University of Debrecen rector Zoltán Szilvássy received the certificate of membership in the Open Science group from NRDI Vice President István Szabó on Wednesday. The Vice President said that “the University of Debrecen is one of the largest in the country, which is why everything that happens here is exemplary toward other institutions of higher education.”

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Szabó added that it is important to present excellence in academia and to make publications and data available, not just in Hungary but internationally.


According to the statement of NRDI, open science is “a new approach to scientific communication, based on the principles of transparency and collaboration.” Its purpose, with regard to Hungarian academia, is to make the research and results more accessible and to promote an “open approach, emphasising cooperation in addition to competition.” The Center for Open Science’s website states that this commitment envisions the removal of barriers on academic knowledge, where “the process, content, and outcomes of research are openly accessible by default. “

In his speech following the university’s receiving of the Open Science certificate, Zoltán Szilvássy brought attention to the importance of credible, valid publications, which can be ensured by the greatest possible availability and transparency of research.

“From now on, Open Science will be the guarantee at the University of Debrecen as well, with its scientific success confirmed by the research funding sources it has won through the institute.”

The key pillars of the “Open Science ecosystem,” as set out in NRDI’s position paper, are:

  • open access to research outputs
  • FAIR [Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable] and CARE [Collective benefit, Authority to control, Responsibility, Ethics]
    research data management
  • research integrity
  • next generation metrics in research assessment
  • new types of rewards and initiatives
  • international cooperation networks
  • Citizen Science [research conducted by nonprofessional scientists in the public]
  • education and skills

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