Study on Open Access in French-speaking Belgium

The BICfB consortium has studied the development of institutional repositories in the Belgian French-speaking universities and the active involvement of our teachers and researchers (as editors in chief, members of an editorial board, peer-reviewers, etc.) in the life of academic and scientific journals on Open Access, or at the least freely available on the web.

According to that study, ORBi counts for 2/3 of the Open Access publications of the Belgian French-speaking universities.

title 31/05/2012

According to a recent article in Times Higher Education, the European Union has decided to move up a gear as far as Open Access is concerned.In effect, through the 80 billion Euros which it has decided to devote to research and innovation through the Horizon 2020 project, it has decided to prioritise open access for published research which it funds in the framework of ‘Open Access will be the norm’.

It thus involves a significant widening of the pilot experiment carried out in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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title 08/05/2012

This Thursday, May 10, the authorities of the University of Liège and the University of Luxemburg will sign a cooperation accord concerning Open Access.

This joint programme aims at establishing an Open Access strategy and policy within the University of Luxemburg which leans on the ULg’s expertise, as well as setting up an ORBi institutional repository ORBilu based on the model developed at Liège.

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title 19/04/2012

The main objective of the European OpenAIRE project (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is the placing on free access of publications benefiting from European Commission Funding (within the 7th Framework Programme) or funding from the European Research Council.

The researchers who benefit from the project in the 7 predefined disciplines are obliged to place the results of their research online, to enable consultation of the integral text on open access throughout the entire world with a maximum embargo period of 12 months.

ORBi is now compliant with OpenAIRE

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Publications on Open Access: investigation in the French-speaking Community of Belgium

The Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique (BICfB) is studying, at the request of the Rectors of the Universities in the French-speaking Community of Belgium and the F.R.S.-FNRS, the development of Open Access in French-speaking Community of Belgium.

They in particular wish to obtain insight into the active involvement of the teachers and researchers of their institutions (as an editor in chief, member of an editorial board, peer-reviewer, etc.) in the life of academic and scientific journals on Open Access, or at the least freely available on the web (including the most recent issues).

The enquiry is open up until March 31, 2012.

title 08/03/2012

Alma Swan interviews Stevan Harnad after BOAI 10 in Budapest.

Other interesting videos

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title 27/01/2012

The enormous and sumptuous profits raked in by scientific and academic publishers are regularly commented on by the international research community. In the article entitled 'The enormous profits of STM scholarly publishers', Heather Morrison, with figures to back up her argument, once again illustrates their indecent nature:

  • Elsevier: 36% of net profit (after taxes), in other words €864 million out of sales figures of €2.386 million
  • Springer Science + Business Media: 33.9%, or €294 million out of revenue of €866 million
  • John Wiley & Sons: 42%, or €80 million out of an income of €193 million

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title 10/01/2012

The end of 2011 highlighted the remarkable growth of various Open Access initiatives set up on an international scale, as is emphasised by Heather Morrisson, the author of the blog, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

Some striking indicators:

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title 10/11/2011

The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP) presents a snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world.

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title 28/10/2011

According to numerous studies based on the very exhaustive Open Citation Project, Open Access leads to a significant increase in the number of times a reference is cited (between 2.5 and 5 times than is the case for a paper article).

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