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OPERAS selects members for the Scientific Advisory Committee

Expert submissions are open until June 25th

08 june, 2020≈ 4 min read

The consortium OPERAS - European Open Scholarly Communication Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) - receives, until June 25th, submissions for the selection of members to its Scientific Advisory Committee - SAC. The infrastructure, a pioneer for academic communication at SSH, unites partners from several European countries to strengthen open science communication and to support research in the humanities and social sciences.

Its new governance system is led by an Executive Assembly composed of 10 members and managed by a General Assembly. The selection that is now underway seeks international experts to advise on its scientific activities, priorities and services.

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will be an independent body composed of 5 to 10 specialists. Its members must provide recommendations and advice to the Executive Assembly on current and future ethical, scientific and technical projects, as well as on OPERAS activities. The SAC will, for example, contribute to the definition of scientific, technical and ethical criteria for its discovery platform in academic communication. Members will also be invited to give recommendations on specific topics related to the collection of resources and content providers, helping to shape the future path of the infrastructure.

To compose the Committee, OPERAS seeks researchers, editors, librarians, engineers specialized in one or more of the following topics: Social Sciences and Humanities, Science Communication, Open Science, Digital Infrastructures. Submission is open to professionals and researchers at the beginning of their careers, as well as seniors. There will be a search for a gender balance in the selection of candidates.

Submissions should be sent to Pierre Mounier and Suzanne Dumouchel (;, containing CV and cover letter, showing the motivations and skills for the position. The deadline for submission is June 25, 2020.

Among the duties of the position are, according to the call:

- Diverse, ambitious and interesting tasks and topics when exchanging with European and international specialists;

- Pleasant discussion and decision within a cooperative atmosphere;

- The possibility of shaping the future of open science for the social and human sciences in Europe.

Potential travel expenses within the activities will be paid by the consortium.

The disseminated list of desirable knowledge includes:

- Open science communication in the social and human sciences;

- Digital humanities;

- Open access to search results;

- Open science;

- Academic publication;

- Virtual research infrastructures;

- Open humanities;

- Citizen science.

A selection committee will be formed responsible for ranking the ten best candidates. After the closing of submissions on June 25, the selection / decision will take place until July 15.

More information about OPERAS and the selection for the advisory committee: