Goals
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Goals

In it's initial release (June 2019), the declaration starts with 10 goals. These goals are listed below. However, this is not the final list or text of the declaration. During the next 9 months, these goals will be refined and complemented by all the ideas received from everyone who wishes to contribute.
You may follow the "Discuss" link at the end of goal to directly contribute to the discussion on our ideation platform Viima.
In April 2020, the final text of the declaration will be published, and is then open for signature.

GOAL 01
Cooperate Globally
on Global Problems

The vast majority of the most pressing problems of today are of global nature: They affect large parts of the world’s population, they do not stop at borders, and they cannot be solved alone.

Therefore, scientists, funders and politicians must cooperate globally to increase efficiency, speed, and effectiveness. While the creative benefits of differing approaches and the stimulus of competition are to be acknowledged, inefficiency by unnecessary parallelism or obstruction must be avoided.

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GOAL 02
Share
Knowledge

Knowledge becomes most powerful when it is shared with others. By sharing information, progress can be achieved faster and more efficient. This includes sharing information about failures.

Thus, all scientific results and data shall be made openly available. Modern technologies (e.g. blockchain archives) allow for systems that can guarantee correct attribution of ideas to their inventors.

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GOAL 03
Publish Results
Open Access

Scientific results shall be published in an open access mode. Many approaches such as open access journals or pre-print archives as well as new initiatives already exist (e.g. Plan S). While it is not yet clear which modes and models will ultimately succeed, it remains a requirement that all relevant scientific findings must be published in an open access mode.

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GOAL 04
Publish Data
to Repositories

Publishing is not limited to scientific findings. Any kind of data found, generated or used shall also be archived in appropriate data repositories. As this means storing vast amounts of data, the technological and administrative infrastructure must be continuously improved and adapted to guarantee safe and secure long-term storage. The publication of data, formulas, algorithms and other background used to generate findings will become a new requirement of scientific publishing. All scientific content shall be preserved, connected, and versioned to foster discovery, accumulation of evidence, but also respect for uncertainty.

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GOAL 05
Work
Transparent and Truthful

Research must be transparent and truthful:

First, in methodology, data and findings, meaning that these have to be performed and documented in the most precise and comprehensible way.

Second, in communication, and collaboration, meaning that relevant findings shall be communicated and provided to others in a precise, timely and constructive manner.

Third, in disclosure of funding, affiliations, and political or ideological motivations, meaning that all motivations outside a pure scientific interest shall be communicated openly.

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GOAL 06
Change
Reward Systems

Currently, working along the outlined standards and investing in transparency, openness, accessibility etc. is not appropriately rewarded, especially not when it takes capacity from traditional main goals. For the future, implementation and adherence to the aforementioned practices must be awarded, e.g in reviewing and job employment selections. Evaluations of scientists shall be based on both the relevance of their discoveries and the process by which they were discovered, not on where those results are published. Credit will also be given for generating useful data, authoring code or creating resources that can be reused by others.

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GOAL 07
Support
Talent Worldwide

Scientific talent exists in all parts of the world and all parts of society. All work and research environments as well as all structures related to that shall support scientific talent regardless of its background in a diverse and non-discriminative manner. Equal access and opportunities shall be provided wherever possible.

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GOAL 08
Communicate
to Society

Science has a distinct responsibility to communicate its procedures and results to society. Not only is most basic research funded by tax-payers money. Research and its application does also always influence people’s life. Particularly in cases of world-wide relevance such as climate change, proper communication becomes an important duty.

The science community must also constructively work on providing usable information to the decision-making process in politics, society, industry and other areas.

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GOAL 09
Engage
in Education

While research is at the core of the scientific discovery process, engaging in the education of the next generation is equally crucial.

Enabling and supporting aspiring young pupils, students and scientists ensures a sustainable process of mutual learning and empowers the subsequent cohort of researchers.

Engaging in education can take multiple forms, from classroom lectures to mentoring, from cooperative lab-work to off-campus activities.

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GOAL 10
Ensure
Global Funding

Basic research requires reliable funding, even more so than other forms of science, such as industry research. In almost all cases, insights from basic research, or even blue-sky research, lay the ground for inventions and products that directly benefit people.

This goal specifically calls upon governments, funding agencies, science-promoting foundations, supranational organizations and other institutions to collaborate and actively engage in ensuring reliable long-term funding, with a focus on global, imminent problems rather than national agendas.

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