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EURAB pushes European Commission to consider mandatory open access policies

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.

One Response

  1. Hernán Lucero Mosquera, on January 31st, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    The Idea of the commons is very important for the Biosphere as a begining of reflection and a search of creativity to propose to the “Decision Makers”: “here can be one way of solving toguether the social, political, economical and environmental that the humankind is facing now.
    It’s part of the responsibility that people that have access to the knowledge, starts to think in commons as a phylosophy to propose appliable solutions to the real problems of the human beings independently if they are at the “north or south”. We are all part of this “Drama of the Commons”.
    Sincerely, good luck!!
    Hernán Lucero M.