Making open access to research results more widespread

At the 5th Open Access Days organised by the Couperin consortium in Paris, Bernard Rentier, the University of Liège’s Rector, and Paul Thirion, Director of the University’s Library Network, were invited to present the ULg’s Open Access policy.

All the videos of the presentation and the question-answer sessions which took place at the Open Access Days, January 24 and 25 2013, are now available via the Webcast site.

title 22/01/2013

The year 2013 gets off to a flying start for the Open Access movement. The 5th Open Access Days, organized by the Couperin consortium, will take place in Paris on January 24 and 25, 2013. Important actors within the movement will come together to think through the central themes of ‘Making access to research results more widespread' and to clear the ground for the main planks of a pro-active policy in this area.

How to achieve 100% accessibility to the results of research funded by public money, and within the best possible time limits? That is the question the European Commission is asking all of the Union's Member States, which are invited to take a position on the widespread deployment of open access to the results of their research, in a European Commission recommendation, dated July 17, 2012, and from the perspective of the Horizon 2020 program.

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title 28/12/2012

Excellent news for Open Access in Belgium at the end of this year!

After the signing, on October 22, 2012, of the Brussels Declaration on Open Access by Belgian ministers, two new institutions are providing their contribution to the development of the Green Road in Belgium.

Le The Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS) and the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) have made official the setting up of an obligatory deposit mandate similar to that established by the ULg in 2007.

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title 23/11/2012

The first African University to have signed the Berlin Declaration, la Stellenbosch University is also the first on the African continent to have hosted and edition of the Berlin Conference on Open Access its 10th, this November 7 and 8.

The theme this year, ‘Networked scholarship in a networked world: participation in open access,’ allowed subjects such as the following to be addressed:

  • The benefits of OA for education
  • Its role as a connector in developing researcher, knowledge and data networks
  • Its importance for joint research on a global level, as well as in the context of interdisciplinary research
  • Its role in improving research and research publishing evaluation methods.

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title 31/10/2012

On the occasion of Open Access Week 2012, a conference day, Open Access to Excellence in Research, was held on Monday October 22 at the Brussels Palais des Académies. After a presentation on Open Access policy on a European level as well as a discussion with a panel of experts on the aspects of OA policy to be implemented in Belgium, the day was marked by the signing of the:

Brussels Declaration on Open Access to Belgian publicly funded research

This declaration, signed by the representatives of the Ministers Paul Magnette (Federal Science Policy), Jean-Marc Nollet (FWB) and Ingrid Lieten (EWI), defines a Belgian policy concerning open access to academic and scientific information. It affirms the support of the Belgian government to the Open Access movement and makes it the default means of circulating the results of Belgian academic and scientific research.

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title 26/10/2012

The ULg actively supports the Green Road for Open Access, on an institutional level of course with ORBi, but also on a Belgian and European level. The Green Road allows scientists and academics to publish where they wish whilst rendering their publications available to all via open repositories or archives.

Why this commitment to the Green Road?

  • It enables a better visibility for the research centers, and researchers above all, of francophone research.
  • It is the only one which is financially viable for institutions over the long term.
  • It is the fairest model to favor a widespread dissemination of academic and scientific publications, without a gulf being established between the different areas of research, laboratories and universities.
  • It allows universities and other institutions which are setting up depositing systems to develop tools and services with high value added around them, as well as new indicators to measure the impact their researchers have.
  • Because of this model researchers and institutions have the possibility of preserving the publications which stem from their research in a perennial manner.
  • Thanks to the Green Road researchers can themselves be active in the dissemination of their publications.

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title 25/10/2012

What excellent news for this Open Access Week: ORBi has just crossed the threshold of one million downloads ! And that in only taking into account real downloads carried out by the users (*). For the month of October 2012 over 2,400 downloads per day have been noted!

An excellent sign of recognition on the part of ORBi users, situated around the entire world (**), but also a concrete reflection of the success of a bet launched in 2007 with the establishment of an ambitious mandate which is now recognized as a benchmark ('the Liège mandate'). In effect the latter strongly pushes researchers to make the integral text of their publications accessible via the internet and thus allow them, and the ULg, to gain maximum visibility.

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title 24/10/2012

Open Access is a wonderful opportunity for researchers, innovators, teachers, students, media professionals and the general public. It encourages the circulation of knowledge on a planetary scale and thus contributes to academic and scientific discoveries, innovation and socio-economic development (UNESCO Declaration, 2012).

Open Access for researchers and universities

It has now been proven that publications deposited on Open Access are cited much more than those which are less accessible because they have to be paid for. At the level of ORBi, an article deposited on Open Access is downloaded on average 2 times more than those on restricted access.

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title 24/10/2012

'Open Access means death to the publisher, above all in human sciences!'

Wrong!  Whilst it is true that the Open Access movement began as a reaction to the exponential rise of the prices charged by the groups of publishers which monopolize the world of academic and scientific publishing and one of the indirect goals of OA was to push them to adjust their prices to fairer proportions, it in no terms whatsoever means the death of publishers. And for certain of them it could even mean quite the opposite..

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title 23/10/2012

They call it Open choice,OnlineOpen,Universal Access,Author choice,Author solution

Starting in 2003, confronted by the range and scope taken by the Open Access movement, numerous publishers have decided to jump on the OA bandwagon by offering their authors the hybrid model. But this model (not to be confused with the reverse model) is especially pernicious. Behind the pro Open Access image the publishers wish to project hides a genuine swindle!

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