title 22/10/2012

From 22 to 28 October 2012, the 6th edition of Open Access Week is taking place, an opportunity for the international research community to act and exchange ideas and information in favor of Open Access.

The slogan this year, Set the default to Open Access, refers to the objective by which, in ten years time, open access will be the default means of making known and spreading new research, in every domain and in every country.

The University of Liège has once again decided to take active part through a vast OA promotion campaign (video, news, poster campaign, etc.) based on qualitative aspects. There will moreover take place, in Brussels on Monday 22, a study day on the theme of Open Access to Excellence in Research.

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title 01/10/2012

The text 'Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative : setting the default to open' has just been published, at the end of this September 2012. In this declaration, some thirty experts reaffirm the principles and the objectives of the 2002 Budapest Initiative, and once again commit themselves to keep pushing forward in drawing up a series of recommendations. They focus on the political aspects, the licenses and their reuse, infrastructure and long term development as well as promotion and co-ordination.

A new objective has moreover been established: 'In ten years, open access will be the default solution for the dissemination of new research, in every field, and in every country.'

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title 16/07/2012

ORBi has just passed the benchmark of 50,000 references with full text, which represents close to 61% of the deposits!
A great success which rewards the audacious gamble launched 5 years ago by the University of Liege, supported by a strong institutional mandate. It is also a fine victory for the accessibility of research documentation, as close to 50% of these references are in open access.

According to the April 2012 Webometrics ranking, ORBi is now in 26th position worldwide amongst the institutional repositories as far as fulltexts are concerned (33rd in 2011) and, more generally, in 18th place amongst the European repositories (27th in 2011) and 39th out of 1435 on a world level (46th in 2011).

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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.

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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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