August 29, 2008

Europe begins Open Access pilot for EU-financed research

In a move that echoes the NIH open access mandate, the European Union recently declared that researchers who received its funding must deposit their results in the institutes’ online archive within 12 months of publication. The pilot will run until the end of 2008.

The EU’s August 20 press release gives details and offers several compelling rationales for the move. Some excerpts:

"Easy and free access to the latest knowledge in strategic areas is crucial for EU research competitiveness. This open access pilot is an important step towards achieving the 'fifth freedom', the free movement of knowledge amongst Member States, researchers, industry and the public at large," said EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Poto?nik. "Beyond, it is a fair return to the public of research that is funded by EU money."


This embargo period will allow scientific publishers to get a return on their investment.

Open access to research articles, previously accessible through journal subscriptions, can help to increase the impact of the EU's € 50 billion investment in research and development and avoid wasting time and valuable resources on duplicative research. With access to a wider selection of literature, researchers can build upon this knowledge to further their own work. Small and medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs can also benefit from improved access to the latest research developments to speed up commercialization and innovation.

Posted by stemp003 at August 29, 2008 1:05 PM
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