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Here you will find all the OpenAIRE presentations (presented in various venues by all partners), and all  publications related to the OpenAIRE topics (Open Access, Policies, Best practices, Technological advances, etc.). Since OpenAIRE is a pan-European effort you will probably find content in many languages.

General Information: Objectives, architecture etc.

To be used as a generic container.

The EC Open Access pilot asks researchers to make available in Open Access their ´peer reviewed articles´ or (in the case of FP7) their ´final manuscripts accepted for publication´.  This is easiest to comply with when the researcher retains his/her copyright and only gives the publisher of the article a ´licence to publish´.  In that case, the article can be deposited in a repository and made publicly accessible without further permission of the publisher. If the licence stipulates an embargo period, of course that must be respected.

Creative Commons licences are available in many countries for authors who wish to retain their copyright and provide their publisher with a licence. JISC and SURF Foundation have put together a handy copyright toolbox for authors, which also includes sample licences for publishing and for depositing an article in a repository.

Researchers who have transferred their copyright to the publisher of their article will in most cases need permission from their publisher to be able to comply with the EC OA Pilot requirements. The sections ´Requests to publishers´and ´Publishers´ policies´provide information on what to do as well as sample letters that can be used to request permission.
In the following sections you can find all the information to make your repository OpenAIRE compliant and join in our effort to measure the OA impact.


Usage Statistics from repositories 

The most widely used and leading quantitative measurement of impact on the scholarly communication is the use of citation data. In recent years, with the evolvement of institutional and thematic repositories and the advancement of OA practices, usage statistics is emerging as an additional indication of the assessment in the scholarly landscape.


OpenAIRE is harvesting usage data from repositories in an effort to produce metrics that will lead to an alternative way of assessing of FP7 OA publications. To ensure for maximum comparability of the statistics, the OpenAIRE Guidelines for Usage Statistics are in alignment with recent national initiatives in the UK (JISC PIRUS2), the Netherlands (SURF SURE) and Germany (OA-Statistik), all participating in the Knowledge Exchange Group on Usage statistics.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how to join the effort and contribute with your repository's data.

A brief introduction is presented in the following sections, but you can also download the icon OpenAIRE Guidelines for Usage Statistics v1.0 to find detailed information on how to participate in this effort.

In the following sections you can find all the information to make your repository OpenAIRE compliant and join in our effort to measure the OA impact.