May 2015


The PASTEUR4OA project supports the development and alignment of Open Access strategies and policies at the national level to promote the implementation of the European Commission's 2012 Recommendation on Access to Scientific Information and the Open Access Mandate for Horizon 2020.


Newsletter Highlights

▪ PASTEUR4OA policy effectiveness report
▪ PASTEUR4OA briefing paper
▪ PASTEUR4OA case study: Open Access in Ireland
▪ PASTEUR4OA Europe-wide meeting of national experts report 
▪ PASTEUR4OA blog on research data 
▪ EC FP7 post-grant Gold Open Access Pilot launched

Updates from Austria
▪ Croatia’s Rudjer Boskovic Institute adopts an Open Access mandate
▪ Cyprus Open Access Working Group meeting
Finland’s Open Science and Research Roadmap 2014-2017
Open Access policy updates from Germany
Greece’s new law on research and innovation
▪ Italy's CINECA joins DSpace Steering Group  
Netherlands' State Secretary publishes a non-paper on Open Access
▪ Updates from Slovakia

Open Access webinar hosted by Turkey’s Hacettepe University


PASTEUR4OA policy effectiveness report


PASTEUR4OA reports on the policy-effectiveness exercise in view of providing evidence to assist Open Access policy development. The basis of this work was the rebuilding of ROARMAP and the development of a new classification scheme. The associated policy effectiveness exercise provided important evidence to support that policies must include at least three elements for effectiveness, namely, the deposit must be mandatory, the deposit cannot be waived, and the deposit must be linked with research evaluation.  

PASTEUR4OA briefing paper

A PASTEUR4OA briefing paper overviews the international developments that have led to an increase of scientific information becoming available on Open Access. The paper also examines the EU's role in promoting Open Access to scientific information. By contextualising Open Access policy developments at the global and EU levels, the paper demonstrates the role PASTEUR4OA plays in advancing the EU’s Open Access policy to scientific publications in Horizon 2020.

Europe-wide meeting of national experts report

Following the PASTEUR4OA meeting of national experts held in London, a synthesis report is now available online. The highlights of the report include an outline of: the presentations delivered by Victoria Tsoukala, Alma Swan, Eloy Rodrigues and Neil Jacobs; the case studies presented by Niamh Brennan, Bernard Rentier and Nina Karlstrøm; and the ideas discussed in brainstorming sessions held with experts from 33 European countries.  

Case study: Open Access in Ireland

A PASTEUR4OA case study looking at Open Access in Ireland provides a history of the development of Open Access policies in the country which resulted in the successful formulation of the 'National Principles for Open Access Policy Statement' by the National Steering Committee on Open Access.


Open Access to Research Data

Open Access to scientific information and research data are well aligned concepts related to enabling access to publicly funded research. In a recent blog post Marieke Guy takes a closer look at the Horizon 2020 requirement that publicly funded research publications should not only be Open Access but that the data behind them should also be shared and openly available.

News from Europe

EC FP7 post-grant Gold Open Access Pilot launched

A new funding mechanism has recently been established by the European Commission under the OpenAIRE2020 project umbrella to support Open Access publications arising from finished (“post-grant”) FP7 projects. This Gold OA Pilot will cover Open Access publication fees for up to three research articles or monographs per eligible FP7 project. The Gold OA Pilot policy guidelines rule out funding for publications in hybrid journals. The Gold OA Pilot policy guidelines and FAQs will be released in May.

National Updates on Open Access

Updates from Austria

The FWF, the Austrian Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and Taylor & Francis have announced a pilot which will offset charges for hybrid Open Access against subscription costs. A working paper shows high usage rates of Open Access books funded by the FWF programme Stand-Alone Publications. Five working groups were formed by the Open Access Network Austria to promote advances in the following areas: (1) integration of researchers in OA activities, (2) financing the transition to OA, (3) preparing an Austrian OA strategy, (4) science-friendly copyright law, and (5) the future of scholarly communication. A working paper on Open Science and Open Access in Austria (in German) is now openly available.

Croatia’s Rudjer Boskovic Institute adopts an Open Access mandate

As of 17 April 2015 all papers produced by Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI) researchers must be submitted to the institutional OA repository FULIR upon acceptance for publication. All RBI employees are obliged to deposit a digital copy of all their publications in FULIR and should provide Open Access to them whenever possible. Besides launching an educational campaign, RBI's library also developed a website with an information toolkit on how to ensure compliance with the new mandate.

Cyprus Open Access Working Group meeting

On 22 April 2015 the first meeting of the Working Group for Open Access took place in the University of Cyprus and was attended by the main research funding institutions and academic institutions. The meeting’s agenda included an overview of the EU policies and practices on Open Access, the benefits of Open Access, the reasons for adopting a national open access policy, and the potential creation of a national repository. At the meeting, it was proposed that a communication portal is created and that a draft policy is developed with the support of various EU stakeholders.

Finland’s Open Science and Research Roadmap 2014-2017

On 25 November 2014, Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture released The Open Science and Research Roadmap 2014–2017. Finland's vision on Open Science is that "open research leads to surprising discoveries and creative insights". The roadmap specifies that "information flow is facilitated by clear policies and best practices, and by providing services to safeguard the availability of scientific and research results".

Open Access policy updates from Germany

Hamburg's new government is committed to formulate an Open Access policy. The government announced that it will do so by "develop[ing] an open-access strategy with universities, the State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky and the German National Library of Economics”. The Schleswig-Holstein's government recently published its Strategy 2020 which includes an Open Access policy. The policy was formally launched in the state capital, Kiel, on 7 April by the Science Minister. 

Greece’s new law on research and innovation

Law 4310/2014 was adopted by the Greek Parliament in December 2014 and signals the Greek government's attempt to formulate an Open Access policy aligned with the Horizon 2020 Open Access mandate. The law stipulates that the General Secretariat of Research and Technology and public research institutions should promote Open Access to publicly funded research through the deposit of an electronic copy of the final version of the manuscript in a public repository.

Italy’s CINECA joins DSpace Steering Group

CINECA, the Italian supercomputing centre for scientific research, which includes more than 70 members from Italian universities, research institutions and the Ministry of Education, has recently joined the DuraSpace Steering GroupDSpace is a leading and innovative organisation for open technologies that promotes durable and persistent access to digital data.

Netherlands' State Secretary publishes a non-paper on Open Access

State Secretary Dekker wrote a non-paper on Open Access to publications and data. The non-paper describes the necessity of Member States to cooperate in the enhancement of Open Access. “This non-paper seeks to describe the mutual agreement of Member States on the importance of Open Access for a successful European Research Area. The focus is on Open Access to publications, but this cannot be isolated from Open Access to the underlying data”.

Updates from Slovakia

On 25 March, the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI) hosted the conference “Open Access policy of Slovakia in the European context 2015”. The conference was attended by over 150 participants from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Slovakia. Earlier this year, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan 2015 was approved and it includes information on Slovakia's commitments towards Open Access, Open Data and Open Education.

Open Access webinar hosted by Turkey’s Hacettepe University

On 15 April Hacettepe University organised a webinar on "Open Access to Publications and Research Data: Issues and Questions". The webinar counted with the participation of 100 people. The issues discussed in the webinar included information about registering policies in ROARMAP, APCs, repositories technical problems, researchers lack of information on Open Access, and integration of Open Access systems. The webinar resources are available online (in Turkish).

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