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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title 27/10/2011

Immediate and barrier free access to the latest research results is essential. Today over 20% of the whole of the worldwide academic and scientific literature is already available on Open Access: 8.5% through journals which are on open access and 11.9% via institutional repositories (Björk, 2010). Figures which are constantly rising !

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title 26/10/2011

More and more publishing are adopting a policy which favours Open Access, and are authorising the depositing of publications on open access on an institutional repository such as ORBi, at the minimum the final author version accepted for publication (author postprint).

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title 24/10/2011

From October 24 to 30, 2011, the 5th edition of Open Access Week is taking place. This event is the opportunity for the international research community to exchange ideas and act in favor of Open Access. This year the University of Liège has decided to participate actively by being behind various initiatives, including the interview with researchers closely connected to ORBi and Open Access.

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Already over 40,000 references with integral versions on ORBi!

That thus means that over 6 out of 10 references available on ORBi come with at least one document in an integral version!

An important fact which needs be pointed out is that amongst these integral text documents we are witnessing a constant increase in the proportion of those which are deposited on Open Access (OA).

Around 44% in the first months following ORBi being up and running, this ratio has climbed constantly to reach 57.4% for the year 2011 (the average since ORBi was launched is 50.3%).

And that is an encouraging sign of ULg authors becoming more aware of the philosophy and advantages of Open Access, all the while respecting each author’s rights.

And it is also of huge benefit to the authors in terms of visibility as, since the beginning of 2011, we are now seeing over 1000 downloads per day being carried out (after having excluded access gained by research engine robots and spiders)! And that includes weekends, public days-off and every type of holiday!

title 19/09/2011

The Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) wishes to contribute to the promotion of the first strategy advocated by the Budapest Initiative on Open Access through the organization of a workshop focusing on the 'Green Road' model in the context of Open Access to scientific and scholarly literature.

Although they aim to implement greater accessibility and visibility of research, policy initiatives from stakeholders in scientific research have not achieved maximum efficiency yet.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together actors from universities, research centers and funding agencies to identify pending issues in the management of institutional repositories, both in terms of scientific dissemination and measurable impact on scientific publications and communications.

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European Consultation on the access to scientific information

At the end of 2011, the European Commission will adopt a text on access to and the conservation of digital scientific information which will spell out the specific actions to be taken at Member State level.

In this context the EC has established a consultation process.

As an Institution the ULg is already putting into action a strong policy of promoting free access to scholarly research information and the dissemination of research data.

Today this enquiry offers an opportunity for all the actors concerned (individuals, institutions, organisations, etc.) to express their points of view and provide input into a thinking through of the policies and the options to be considered, as well as their possible impact.

The consultation is open up until September 9, at the European Commission web site.

The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete, and the results will be published in the Autumn of 2011.

Berlin9 (B9) Open Access Conference, Nov, 9-10, 2011

The ninth installment in the Berlin Open Access Conference Series, which convenes leaders in the science, humanities, research, funding, and policy communities around The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, will take place at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on November 9 & 10, 2011 outside Washington, DC.

The conference theme will focus on the impact of open access in research and scholarship.

More information on http://www.berlin9.org/