Fernanda Beigel

Fernanda Beigel

National University of Cuyo

    Fernanda Beigel is a Sociologist, PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the National University of Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina). She completed her postdoctoral studies at the Centre de Sociologie Européenne (EHESS, Paris). She is Principal Investigator of CONICET and Professor at the National University of Cuyo, where she directs the Center for Studies of the Circulation of Knowledge (CECIC). She is an advisor to the Latin American Forum for Science Assessment (FOLEC-CLACSO) and the Advisory Group of DORA (Declaration on Research Assessment). He chaired Unesco's Committee of Experts on Open Science and participated in the Argentine Delegation at the UNESCO General Conference, where the Open Science

    Recommendation was adopted in November 2021. She was rewarded the Bernardo Houssay Award (2003), First Prize CLACSO Essays Competition (2004) and the Honorable Mention for Scientific Value, Senate of the Argentine Nation (2017).


    Latin American scientific publications, tensions and challenges in the transition to open science UNESCO's Open Science Recommendation, adopted in November 2021, proposes a global consensus on the values and actions of inclusive open science. The five main manifestations of this openness of science are: open access to scientific publications, open access to research data, open educational resources, open software and hardware. Promoting a culture of open science is a complex task that requires integrated information systems that allow us to know, promote and evaluate the universe of research productions and activities.
    Therefore, one of the main concerns raised in this Recommendation is that, even with its good intentions, open science could amplify the gap between more technologically advanced countries and poorer countries with precarious digital infrastructure. Thus, the unilateral growth of open science platforms in the dominant countries would not only increase inequalities in access to science but would also enable different forms of levy and commercialization of data from the periphery.
    This presentation will focus on the experience of scientific publishing in Latin America, which has a collaborative infrastructure that has been developing since the 1950s, consolidated in recent decades with indexing systems, repositories, and diamond access journals. The uniqueness of this region compared to other regions of the world is that most of the scientific journals it publishes are non-commercial and are self-managed by universities and scientific societies. Finally, the critical role of the region's evaluation systems in making these journals visible and recognized is discussed, promoting a more equitable path for open science.

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    Chapter XXXVI: Latin America 06-01-2022
    15:30 - 15:50

    Fernanda Beigel, Principal Investigator of CONICET and Professor at National University of Cuyo, Argentina

    Presentation: Latin American scientific publications, tensions and challenges in the transition to open science

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