Open access in Euroland

Added by Stephane Goldstein on 19 January 2007 11:20

Question: what happens when you cross European citizens? rights with open access publishing?

Answer: you get a petition to the European Commission asking for guaranteed public access for publicly-funded research results.

This particular initiative, set out a few days ago, is sponsored among others by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), its Dutch equivalent SURF and the Deutche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).  The idea builds on the recent recommendations from the European Research Advisory Board and the statement of the European Research Council on Open Access, and calls notably for the establishment of a European policy mandating published articles arising from EU-funded research to be available after a given time period (the proposal is six months) in open access archives.  Not a new idea, and probably not music to the ears for many in the publishing industry, but an interesting take on direct communautaire action.  Will European researchers be galvanised?  To date, the petition has attracted 2315 signatures, growing by the hour, with a good scattering across the continent.

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