Working Together to Promote Open Access Policy Alignment in Europe

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2015-10-29 08:00 - 2015-10-30 16:00
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PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research project supports European funders and research performing organizations in developing and implementing policies to ensure Open Access to all outputs from publicly-funded research.

The global shift towards Open Access - immediate, online, free and unrestricted access to the results of publicly-funded research (publications and data) has been a core strategy at the European Commission to improve knowledge circulation and boost innovations.

In July 2012, via the Commission’s Recommendations on access to and preservation of scientific information, the European Commission encouraged all EU Member States to put publicly-funded research results in the public sphere in order to strengthen science and the knowledge-based economy.

The Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 were adopted in December 2013, requiring researchers funded by Horizon 2020 to deposit peer-reviewed publications in repositories and to ensure open access to the publications whilst also encouraging researchers to deposit the research data that validate the publications results. The European Commission advises European countries to develop their Open Access policies on the basis of the same principles.

This meeting will bring together research funders and research performing organizations from Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to address the following issues:

  • Revisiting the Horizon 2020 Open Access mandate, examining Open Access policy developments in Europe and within the global context, and learning from the best practices in Open Access policy development and implementation at the national, funder and institutional levels;

  • Discussing the importance of aligning national Open Access policies with the Horizon 2020 Open Access mandate;

  • Promoting Open Access policy alignment at the national level and facilitating coordination at the pan-European level.

Across Europe there are a number of cases where Open Access policies have been developed and implemented at the national, research funders and universities levels that have not only been successful in promoting an increase in the numbers of peer-reviewed articles available on open access but that are also aligned with the Horizon 2020 OA policy. Such good practice examples will be presented at the meeting.

Open Access policy alignment across European countries is key to:

  • Enable researchers working in interdisciplinary areas or in international teams to comply with a single Open Access policy rather than with multiple and often divergent policies;

  • Facilitate interdisciplinary research and harmonisation of practices among different academic disciplines;

  • Enable researchers mobility across the European Research Area (ERA);

  • Support the European Union (EU) harmonisation agenda and promote common practices and norms;

  • Implement generic infrastructural services;

  • Accelerate scientific research, technological progress and social well-being.

As a result of the meeting research funders and research performing organizations in Eastern Europe will be empowered to:

  • Develop policies on Open Access;

  • Ensure consistency between Horizon 2020 Open Access policy and those of EU Member States;

  • Promote coordination at EU level;

  • Report on progress at Member States and EU level;

  • Establish multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Open Access policy templates will be provided and discussed, adjusted to institutional practices and time-lines (per country) and it is expected that Open Access policies will be introduced in Eastern European countries in 2015-2016.





Meeting Programme

Meeting Presentations

Advocacy Resources

- PASTEUR4OA Advocacy Resources for Policymakers and Open Access Stakeholders

- Open Access Policy Alignment Checklist

- Open Access Policy Guidelines and Template for Funders

Open Access Policy Guidelines for Research Performing Organizations



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