January 26th, 2007 by Kaitlin Thaney
The European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) is recommending that the European Commission make open access obligatory for publicly funded research under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The open access proposal was woven into the committee’s final report titled “Scientific Publication: Policy on Open Access” released last December.
In the report, EURAB – a committee established by the European Commission – calls for the EC to play the role of a funding body, a policy body, and as a supporting body in relation to adopting open access policies.
Taken from the report,
“EURAB recommends that the Commission should consider mandating all researchers funder under the FP7 to lodge their publication resulting from EC-funded research in an open science repository as soon as possible after publication, to be made openly accessible within 6 months at the latest.”
The Committee also writes that authors should deposit both post-prints and metadata of the articles.
In terms of being a supporting body, EURAB suggests that the EC “should provide key guidelines for researchers on what to deposit, where to deposit it, and when to deposit it.” These actions, the Committee writes, should work hand-in-hand with the Digital Library Initiative and be adopted across the whole FP7.
As far as policy goes, EURAB writes,
“The Commission should strongly encourage all Member States [of the European Union] to promote open access publication for all their publicly funded research.”
Definitely a step in the right direction as far as adoption of open access practices in Europe goes …
To read the report in full, click here.