Latest News

  1. How Open is Your Research?
  2. Welcoming 2 new Board Members to SPARC Europe
  3. 3 OA-policies recently updated to emphasize or facilitate Gold Open Access
  4. Counting the Costs of Open Access in the UK
  5. SPARC Europe to host Open Humanities Roadshow in the UK
  1. Publishers’ Content-Mining Policies and What Libraries Can Do
  2. What is the best licensing framework for scholarly material?
  3. SPARC Europe publishes new flyer
  4. 7 institutional benefits to implementing an Open Access policy
  5. Join the SPARC Europe Board
  6. SPARC Europe welcomes the new UK Open Access policy
  7. 15 principles of transparency for scholarly publishing
  8. Announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020
  9. SPARC Europe in two new EU projects - FOSTER and PASTEUR4OA
  10. Briefing Papers: OA in the humanities and in the social sciences
  11. We welcome three new members to the SPARC Europe Board
  12. The UK House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Report on Open Access
  13. What are you doing for Open Access week this year (2013)?
  14. Webcast Invitation
  15. The latest advances in the promotion and implementation of OA policies in Italy
  16. SPARC Europe Board Election 2013 - Call for Nominations
  17. SPARC Europe Open Session at the Pre-LIBER conference
  18. SPARC Europe's Second Response to the Members of the BIS Select Committee
  19. Registry of Research Data Repositories launched -
  20. Advocacy: How to hasten open access
  21. Interviews about Key Open Access Policy Initiatives
  22. I Love OA petition
  23. Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world
  24. SPARC Europe responds to the UK House of Lords Select Committee for Science & Technology inquiry into the UK Government's policy on Open Access and its implementation by RCUK
  25. SPARC Europe response to the UK Government Department of Business, Innovation & Skills Committee inquiry into the UK Government's Open Access policy
  26. Polish Ministry of Administration & Digitization - great debate on open public resources!
  27. Open Access news from France including the Minister of Higher Education and Research
  28. 29th Seminar of Higher Education Library Cooperative
  29. Croatian Open Access Declaration, the “Hamster” portal, and open access theology journals
  30. UK Business, Innovation and Skills Committee announces inquiry into Open Access
  31. 6th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar: Libraries As Drivers for Change, Brussels, 26-27 November 2012
  32. ANNOUNCEMENT - Appointment of Lars Bjørnshauge as Managing Director of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  33. PRESS RELEASE - New agreement concluded regarding management of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  34. Open Access Week @ AIMS
  35. Lars Bjørnshauge challenged attendees to push for real change at the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference
  36. UK House of Lords enquiry on Open Access
  37. Open Education Week
  38. Interview with Alma Swan in Research Europe
  39. Sign the petition - protect EU research funding from cuts
  40. What it takes for the stakeholders involved to facilitate the full potential of open access to unfold!
  41. PPT by Lars Bjørnshauge: Is participation really the problem? If so, participation in what?
  42. R2RC Partners with PhD Comics for Open Access Week Video
  43. Ireland has announced a National Open Access Policy
  44. Developing quality test for new open access journals
  45. Open Access to Publications and Research Integrity: Keys to Research Excellence in Europe and Globally - Press Release
  46. The European Science Foundation’s EMRC calls for the adoption of open access in biomedical sciences
  47. Visibility: building online scholarly presence
  48. Alma Swan - Open Access and you – a relationship with promise
  49. Open Access to Excellence in Research
  50. R2RC European Open Access Week Webcast
  51. CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communications
  52. Lars Bjørnshauge in the UKSG eNews
  53. Meeting with the Commissioner for Research & Innovation
  54. Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online
  55. Speakers announced for IFLA session on Open Access
  56. Now online: the Powerpoint of last week's Webcast on Article level metrics
  57. SPARC Europe response to EC Communication and Recommendation
  58. UK's Research Councils publish new stronger policy on Open Access
  59. SPARC Europe's response to the Finch Report
  60. Election to SPARC Europe Board
  61. SPARC Innovator: The World Bank
  62. Now online: Presentations from SPARC Europe Session at the LIBER conference
  63. SPARC Europe Members Meeting in Tartu
  64. SPARC Europe's response to the inaccuracies in the article by the Daily Mail's City Editor on 18 June
  65. COAR has formed a Task Force for “Open Access Agreements and Licenses”
  66. The Budapest Open Access Initiative at 10 - Recommendations for the next ten years
  67. Webcast Invitation: Article level metrics with Jennifer Lin
  68. New website for SPARC Europe
  70. Press Release 17 May 2012 - Pushing the Frontier on Text Mining
  71. Pushing the Frontier on Text Mining: A conversation with Heather Piwowar
  72. Lars Bjørnshauge Appointed Interim Director SPARC Europe
  73. Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access
  74. The new OpenAIRE Quarterly Publication is out
  75. Bioline International, an open access e-publishing platform, is seeking new members and supporters
  76. The New European Team is in Place
  77. Experts Meeting on the UNESCO Open Access Strategy
  78. Sharing knowledge: EC-funded projects on scientific information in the digital age
  79. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting in Barcelona
  80. Sixth SPARC Europe Award goes to
  81. The LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access
  82. A new series of Webcasts for SPARC Europe members 2011
  83. First Annual European Student Summit on Open Access
  84. SPARC Europe response to EC Green Paper on a common strategic framework for EU
  85. SPARC Europe at Public Hearing on Access to and Preservation of Scientific Data
  86. Get prepared for Open Access Week 2011
  87. Interview Series
  88. UKB Statement: Concern about Elsevier’s Open Access Policy
  89. Statement approved by the Steering committee for on 23 May 2011
  90. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2011
  91. Call for Nominations
  92. UNESCO Netherlands Expert Meeting on Open Access
  93. OAI7 - Innovations in Scholarly Communication
  94. UNESCO-NL Expert Meeting on Open Access
  95. Submitted to Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
  96. PKP Europe Network
  97. OAI7 Registration is open
  98. The First OAPEN Conference
  99. Research-Education-Public Data in Athens
  100. SOAP Symposium, Berlin
  101. Research-Education-Public Data
  102. INVITATION: SOAP Symposium
  103. Knowledge Exchange Briefing paper
  104. 7 reasons why you should register now
  105. SPARC Europe joins the DARTEurope Board
  106. LIBER is seeking for a Project Officer
  107. Promotional video for OAI7 by Dr Paul Ayris
  108. First results of the SOAP Project presented at COASP
  109. Major Chinese libraries united against unreasonable price increases by some international publishers
  110. OAI7 Call for Ideas
  111. SPARC Europe goes to Greece
  112. SPARC Europe goes to Denmark
  113. SPARC Europe goes to Slovenia
  114. SPARC Europe goes to Switzerland
  115. SPARC Europe now tweets!
  116. Policies for the development of OA in Southern Europe
  117. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 Call for Proposals
  118. A Summary of SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2010
  119. Fifth SPARC Europe Award to Honour Leaders in Field of Scholarly Communications goes to CERN
  120. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2010
  121. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010
  122. COASP: 2nd Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
  123. SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fifth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications
  124. SPARC Europe announces new Director
  125. License to Publish: promoting Open Access and authors' rights in the Nordic social sciences and humanities
  126. COASP: 1st Conference for Open Access Scholarly Publishers
  127. Wetenschappelijke publicaties openbaar
  128. Welcome to IIU Press and Research Centre and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, our new members
  129. A Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity
  130. Public Library of Science Continues to Innovate
  131. Fourth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications awarded to the Directory of Open Access Journals
  132. Significant New Deposit Mandates Announced
  133. OA would save the Netherlands 133 million Euros per year
  134. Centre for Research Communications (CRC) Launched
  135. SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fourth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications
  136. Welsh Repository Network (WRN) launch
  137. SURF announces 2009 to be Open Access Year
  138. OAI6 Registration is now Open
  139. Economic Study of OA Shows Benefits Outweigh Costs
  140. EPSRC to Adopt Open Access Mandate
  141. New Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Launched
  142. Springer Purchase BioMedCentral
  143. European Commission launches open access pilot
  144. SPARC Europe and DRIVER agree to closer collaboration
  145. Third SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications awarded to Leo Waaijers
  146. Second SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications goes to SHERPA
  147. European Commission Issues 'Communication' on Open Access
  148. European Research Community Call on European Union to Adopt Open Access
  149. Fifth UK Research Council Issues Open Access Mandate
  150. European Commission Publishes Synthesis of Responses to Scientific Publications Study
  151. Fourth UK Research Council Adopts Open Access Mandate
  152. UK Funding Bodies Mandate Open Access
  153. European Commission Publishes Study Into Scientific Publications
  154. Leading European Library Organization Firmly Supports Research Councils UK New Open Access Policy
  155. UK Research Councils Publish Draft Open Access Policy
  156. Launch of the Directory of Open Access Repositories Announced
  157. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Issue Access Policy
  158. UK Science and Technology Committee Publish Report
  159. Berlin Declaration Lauched
  160. Merger Announced Between Springer and Kluwer
  161. SPARC Europe Hires Director and Formally Launches Organisation Based at Oxford University
  162. SPARC and SPARC Europe Support Budapest Open Access Initiative

How Open is Your Research?

SPARC Europe has developed a tool to help you visualise how open you are in the way you manage and disseminate your research and teaching output. This includes various forms of scientific publications from monographs to journals or reports; data and Open Education Resources.


What policies or strategies do you have in place to support your Open Science openness efforts?
Create your institution’s visualisation on openness in a radar graph by clicking on this link.

New Open Access Citation Advantage Service online

In 2010, Southampton University published a study listing references that pointed to evidence that OA had a positive influence on publication citations.

SPARC Europe has updated this literature review to support those advocating the importance of OA to its researchers, research administrators and senior managers.

See the new Open Access Citation Advantage service here:

Welcoming 2 new Board Members to SPARC Europe

SPARC Europe members voted this autumn for two new Board Members to join the international team.  This resulted in Dutch and Danish scholarly communication representatives helping SPARC Europe to make headway in the coming years.  Hear what they have to say about scholarly communications here:

UB-AS-15_resizedAnja Smit is Head Librarian at Utrecht University Library

“In my library (Utrecht University Library) our new mission statement includes: “We work continuously to improve the system of scholarly communication [...]“. By advocating for OA, advising scholars and implementing OA solutions, we believe we help the model of scholarly communication become more effective. And in an environment where governments and academe increasingly support OA, libraries can take the next step. Although different countries move at a different pace towards OA, it is crucial that advocacy for the transition to OA is taken on internationally. Universities, research councils, policy makers and politicians and so on play an increasingly important role on the European level. At the same time, when so many new players enter this OA-field, support from libraries is much needed. I believe SPARC Europe can inform, support and accelerate the processes currently going on in Europe regarding the support for OA.”

Syddansk UniversitetsbibliotekSøren Bertil F. Dorch is President of the Danish Research Library Association

“Responsible and efficient research essentially relies on the openness and sustainability of the various modes of scholarly communication employed across the disciplines of science and research. Openness is king to Open Science ideas such as those supported by SPARC Europe.

A true state of Open Science requires two things: Not only a substantial degree of Open Access to scholarly publications, but openness in all scholarly transactions where permitted by law and when fitting in with the discipline¹s methodology. For example, this includes transparency in Data Management i.e. through open research data management plans, Open Access to data publications and research data, as well as efficient access to the peer review process and to the validation of both scholarly publications and data.

Guidelines on responsible research conduct suggest improvements in access and openness both when it comes to scholarly publishing, research data management, and author’s rights and means. It is therefore my view that the development of openness in Europe¹s scholarly communication landscape is deeply related to supporting research integrity and responsible research conduct.”

Counting the Costs of Open Access in the UK

SPARC Europe and London Higher, an organisation of universities in London, have jointly commissioned a study by Research Consulting into the overhead costs to universities of complying with the RCUK Open Access policy.

RCUK’s policy ‘prefers’ Gold OA and RCUK has awarded block grants to universities to pay for article processing charges (APCs) levied by journals. The study has not been concerned with these APCs, but rather with the costs within institutions of actually acting upon and managing the policy.

Costs fall in various places within a university and these places can vary between institutions depending on how each university has arranged the systems to manage the block grant. By drawing on data provided by a set of UK universities, the study has derived data on the level of these costs.

While this is a UK-based study the data will also be of interest to universities and policymakers outside the UK.

For the study “Counting the Costs of Open Access”, see here.

3 OA-policies recently updated to emphasize or facilitate Gold Open Access

So far most OA-policies and mandates have a preference for green OA. Three well-known organisations have recently updated their OA-policies and mandates and now emphasize and/or facilitate Gold OA for slightly different reasons. For more, see here.

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