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Open Science Policy Platform announced

The Members of the high-level advisory group Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) were announced by Commissioner Moedas during the 27 May Competitiveness Council, with OpenAIRE's Natalia Manola and Norbert Lossau among their number. 

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Full OA by 2020? Competitiveness Council’s conclusions on Open Science

Following their 26-27 May meeting in Brussels, the EU Competitiveness Council (made up of ministers of science, innovation, trade, and industry) declared that all scientific papers should be freely available by 2020. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, has called the move "life-changing". 

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What is the right global approach/balance for OA?

The Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector (KSD/CI) of UNESCO and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) have released a joint statement on implemenation for Open Access, reasserting their commitment to advance the Open Access agenda within the broader context of sustainable development through optimal resource sharing.

As global experience has shown  there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to implementing open acces. UNESCO and COAR point out that it is imperative for governments and the research community to encourage a variety of approaches to the implementation of OA, for a fairer, healthier and more innovative ecosystem for scholarly publishing.

Read the whole statement at: 

Joint COAR-UNESCO Statement on Open Access 

Are you publishing your APC-free Open Access journal on a shoestring?

If you're publishing an APC-free Open Access journal with very little resources, you might be able to receive funding for it from OpenAIRE!

The alternative funding mechanism being launched here is an instrument to economically support Open Access (OA) journals and platforms which do not charge any Article Processing Charges to their authors. APC-free Open Access journals/platforms that have published articles eligible for funding under the EC FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (i.e. articles resulting from finished FP7 projects) may apply for funding from OpenAIRE to strengthen their technical publishing procedures.

The policy that will govern the funding assignation under this alternative funding mechanism is provided here in PDF format. The call for proposals will be run as follows:

  • Eligible APC-free OA journals and platforms are invited to submit their funding bid for this call by using the provided application form.
  • Bidders are requested to provide information on their journal/platform, the technical improvements they wish to carry out and the budget they need for the purpose.
  • Bids should be sent to OpenAIRE as shown in the form no later than the 30th of June 2016.
  • A total budget of EUR 200,000 is available to fund up to 12 selected bids under this initiative.
  • The winning bids will be announced on the 1 of August 2016, and will have until the 30 of April 2017 to implement the proposed technical improvements.
A webinar will be held on May 12th where all aspects of this funding initiative will be explained and any questions from interested stakeholders will be answered. Don't miss it if you think your APC-free Open Access journal or platform could be eligible for funding!

Webinar: Funding Available for APC-Free Open Access Journals and Platforms

Are you publishing an APC-free OA journal on a shoestring?

We would like to invite you to join the OpenAIRE webinar and learn more about the new OpenAIRE call for proposals to fund APC-free Open Access journals and platforms under the alternative funding mechanism of the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot. The webinar will be held on Thursday, 12 May 2016 at 10:00 CEST.

Besides funding APCs, OpenAIRE would like to also offer a funding opportunity for APC-free OA journals under the EC Gold Open Access Pilot: after all, two thirds of the journals listed in the DOAJ charge no APCs to their authors. So a call for proposals has been put together that will allow these journals and/or platforms and publishers to apply for funding for improving their publishing workflows along a number of suggested lines.

A maximum of €200,000 will be awarded to up to 12 bids to perform technical improvements on APC-free OA journals such as becoming OpenAIRE compatible, systematically collecting funding information in the article metadata or implementing ORCID. In order to be eligible for funding, such journals must have published (or accepted for publication) eligible articles arising from finished FP7 projects during the last year.

The call for proposals will remain open until the 30th of June, and bid assessment will be done during the month of July. The selected proposals will be announced in early August and will have until the 30th of April 2017 to carry out the proposed improvements.

We invite you to join this webinar and learn more about the requirements for applying for funding under this call. The webinar will be led by Pablo de Castro, from LIBER, the coordinating institution for the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot, and will address the following topics:

  • Timeschedule for this alt-funding initiative
  • Requirements for eligibility
  • How to submit a funding application
The second part of the webinar will be a Q&A session where questions about this funding initiative will be answered.

*Date*: 12 May 2016

*Time*: 10:00 CEST

*Target audience*: APC-free OA journal/platform publishers, institutions and libraries.

*How to register*: please register here

*How to participate*: go to http://www.instantpresenter.com/eifl150

Information Day for European Open Science Cloud, Brussels, April 15, 2016

Date: 15 April 2016
Location: Brussels
Theme: Information Day for European Open Science Cloud 


The European Open Science Cloud in upcoming Horizon 2020 calls under the European Research Infrastructures
How will the upcoming calls under the European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 support the European Open Science Cloud? Find out more by participating to our Information Day on 15 April 2016.



Digital Infrastructures for Research: Krakow 28-30 September 2016

DI4R web banner 690pxEurope's leading e-infrastructures invite all researchers, developers and service providers for three days of brainstorming and discussions at the Digital Infrastructures for Research event (28-30 September 2016).

The DI4R 2016 conference is co-organised by EGIEUDATGÉANTOpenAIREand RDA Europe, and is hosted by ACC Cyfronet AGH, Kraków's academic computing centre.

The event is designed with research communities in mind and aims to foster broader adoption of digital infrastructure services and promote user-driven innovation. The Call for Participation will open in early April with an invitation to all researchers, developers and service providers to submit abstracts for presentations, training sessions, workshops and demonstrations.

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