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EUA Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications

EUA Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications
eua logo open scienceIn February the European University Association (EUA) published its “Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications” following its endorsement by the EUA Council at its meeting on 29 January 2016.

The main objective of the roadmap is to assist universities in the transition to Open Access. It is the first step in a proposed larger series of EUA initiatives aimed at addressing the implications of the shift to Open Science, including open data (including copyright , data protection and text and data mining issues), new models of evaluation and quality assessment, and digital literacy and awareness.

Listing the areas upon which EUA shall focus its Open Access efforts in the next 12 months, the roadmap mentions supporting OpenAIRE as one of its policy and good practice recommendations priority actions: "Supporting the development of European Open Access policies, infrastructures and initiatives, e.g. Horizon 2020, OpenAIRE."
Other priority actions are:
  • Gathering information and mapping the European Open Access landscape
  • Establishing a platform for dialogue and sharing good practices of “big deal” negotiations
  • Issuing principles and recommendations for negotiations with publishers
  • Proposing recommendations for institutional Open Access policies (based on current best practices, model policies and guidelines, e.g. the PASTEUR4OA project);
  • Engaging researchers at all career levels in the development of novel academic recognition systems
  • Engaging in dialogue with other relevant stakeholders in the field, including other university networks, such as LERU and CESAER, as well as organisations such as COAR, LIBER, SPARC Europe, MPDL, Science Europe and the Global Research Council
  • Discussing with publishers economically realistic and viable conceptions of the future of Open Access
  • Mobilising politicians for a fair, balanced and innovative publishing system
Full text:  “EUA Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications”

For more information on EUA’s work on Science 2.0/Open Scienc, visit their website.