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  1. What SPARC Europe has done recently to advance scholarly communications
  2. Pasteur4OA newsletter on line
  3. How Open is Your Research?
  4. New Open Access Citation Advantage Service online
  5. Welcoming 2 new Board Members to SPARC Europe
  1. 3 OA-policies recently updated to emphasize or facilitate Gold Open Access
  2. Counting the Costs of Open Access in the UK
  3. SPARC Europe to host Open Humanities Roadshow in the UK
  4. Publishers’ Content-Mining Policies and What Libraries Can Do
  5. What is the best licensing framework for scholarly material?
  6. SPARC Europe publishes new flyer
  7. 7 institutional benefits to implementing an Open Access policy
  8. Join the SPARC Europe Board
  9. SPARC Europe welcomes the new UK Open Access policy
  10. 15 principles of transparency for scholarly publishing
  11. Announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020
  12. SPARC Europe in two new EU projects - FOSTER and PASTEUR4OA
  13. Briefing Papers: OA in the humanities and in the social sciences
  14. We welcome three new members to the SPARC Europe Board
  15. The UK House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Report on Open Access
  16. What are you doing for Open Access week this year (2013)?
  17. Webcast Invitation
  18. The latest advances in the promotion and implementation of OA policies in Italy
  19. SPARC Europe Board Election 2013 - Call for Nominations
  20. SPARC Europe Open Session at the Pre-LIBER conference
  21. SPARC Europe's Second Response to the Members of the BIS Select Committee
  22. Registry of Research Data Repositories launched -
  23. Advocacy: How to hasten open access
  24. Interviews about Key Open Access Policy Initiatives
  25. I Love OA petition
  26. Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world
  27. 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
  28. SPARC Europe response to the UK Government Department of Business, Innovation & Skills Committee inquiry into the UK Government's Open Access policy
  29. Polish Ministry of Administration & Digitization - great debate on open public resources!
  30. Open Access news from France including the Minister of Higher Education and Research
  31. 29th Seminar of Higher Education Library Cooperative
  32. Croatian Open Access Declaration, the “Hamster” portal, and open access theology journals
  33. UK Business, Innovation and Skills Committee announces inquiry into Open Access
  34. 6th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar: Libraries As Drivers for Change, Brussels, 26-27 November 2012
  35. ANNOUNCEMENT - Appointment of Lars Bjørnshauge as Managing Director of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  36. PRESS RELEASE - New agreement concluded regarding management of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  37. Open Access Week @ AIMS
  38. Lars Bjørnshauge challenged attendees to push for real change at the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference
  39. UK House of Lords enquiry on Open Access
  40. Open Education Week
  41. Interview with Alma Swan in Research Europe
  42. Sign the petition - protect EU research funding from cuts
  43. What it takes for the stakeholders involved to facilitate the full potential of open access to unfold!
  44. PPT by Lars Bjørnshauge: Is participation really the problem? If so, participation in what?
  45. R2RC Partners with PhD Comics for Open Access Week Video
  46. Ireland has announced a National Open Access Policy
  47. Developing quality test for new open access journals
  48. Open Access to Publications and Research Integrity: Keys to Research Excellence in Europe and Globally - Press Release
  49. The European Science Foundation’s EMRC calls for the adoption of open access in biomedical sciences
  50. Visibility: building online scholarly presence
  51. Alma Swan - Open Access and you – a relationship with promise
  52. Open Access to Excellence in Research
  53. R2RC European Open Access Week Webcast
  54. CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communications
  55. Lars Bjørnshauge in the UKSG eNews
  56. Meeting with the Commissioner for Research & Innovation
  57. Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online
  58. Speakers announced for IFLA session on Open Access
  59. Now online: the Powerpoint of last week's Webcast on Article level metrics
  60. SPARC Europe response to EC Communication and Recommendation
  61. UK's Research Councils publish new stronger policy on Open Access
  62. SPARC Europe's response to the Finch Report
  63. Election to SPARC Europe Board
  64. SPARC Innovator: The World Bank
  65. Now online: Presentations from SPARC Europe Session at the LIBER conference
  66. SPARC Europe Members Meeting in Tartu
  67. SPARC Europe's response to the inaccuracies in the article by the Daily Mail's City Editor on 18 June
  68. COAR has formed a Task Force for “Open Access Agreements and Licenses”
  69. The Budapest Open Access Initiative at 10 - Recommendations for the next ten years
  70. Webcast Invitation: Article level metrics with Jennifer Lin
  71. New website for SPARC Europe
  73. Press Release 17 May 2012 - Pushing the Frontier on Text Mining
  74. Pushing the Frontier on Text Mining: A conversation with Heather Piwowar
  75. Lars Bjørnshauge Appointed Interim Director SPARC Europe
  76. Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access
  77. The new OpenAIRE Quarterly Publication is out
  78. Bioline International, an open access e-publishing platform, is seeking new members and supporters
  79. The New European Team is in Place
  80. Experts Meeting on the UNESCO Open Access Strategy
  81. Sharing knowledge: EC-funded projects on scientific information in the digital age
  82. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting in Barcelona
  83. Sixth SPARC Europe Award goes to
  84. The LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access
  85. A new series of Webcasts for SPARC Europe members 2011
  86. First Annual European Student Summit on Open Access
  87. SPARC Europe response to EC Green Paper on a common strategic framework for EU
  88. SPARC Europe at Public Hearing on Access to and Preservation of Scientific Data
  89. Get prepared for Open Access Week 2011
  90. Interview Series
  91. UKB Statement: Concern about Elsevier’s Open Access Policy
  92. Statement approved by the Steering committee for on 23 May 2011
  93. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2011
  94. Call for Nominations
  95. UNESCO Netherlands Expert Meeting on Open Access
  96. OAI7 - Innovations in Scholarly Communication
  97. UNESCO-NL Expert Meeting on Open Access
  98. Submitted to Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
  99. PKP Europe Network
  100. OAI7 Registration is open
  101. The First OAPEN Conference
  102. Research-Education-Public Data in Athens
  103. SOAP Symposium, Berlin
  104. Research-Education-Public Data
  105. INVITATION: SOAP Symposium
  106. Knowledge Exchange Briefing paper
  107. 7 reasons why you should register now
  108. SPARC Europe joins the DARTEurope Board
  109. LIBER is seeking for a Project Officer
  110. Promotional video for OAI7 by Dr Paul Ayris
  111. First results of the SOAP Project presented at COASP
  112. Major Chinese libraries united against unreasonable price increases by some international publishers
  113. OAI7 Call for Ideas
  114. SPARC Europe goes to Greece
  115. SPARC Europe goes to Denmark
  116. SPARC Europe goes to Slovenia
  117. SPARC Europe goes to Switzerland
  118. SPARC Europe now tweets!
  119. Policies for the development of OA in Southern Europe
  120. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 Call for Proposals
  121. A Summary of SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2010
  122. Fifth SPARC Europe Award to Honour Leaders in Field of Scholarly Communications goes to CERN
  123. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2010
  124. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010
  125. COASP: 2nd Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
  126. SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fifth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications
  127. SPARC Europe announces new Director
  128. License to Publish: promoting Open Access and authors' rights in the Nordic social sciences and humanities
  129. COASP: 1st Conference for Open Access Scholarly Publishers
  130. Wetenschappelijke publicaties openbaar
  131. Welcome to IIU Press and Research Centre and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, our new members
  132. A Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity
  133. Public Library of Science Continues to Innovate
  134. Fourth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications awarded to the Directory of Open Access Journals
  135. Significant New Deposit Mandates Announced
  136. OA would save the Netherlands 133 million Euros per year
  137. Centre for Research Communications (CRC) Launched
  138. SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fourth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications
  139. Welsh Repository Network (WRN) launch
  140. SURF announces 2009 to be Open Access Year
  141. OAI6 Registration is now Open
  142. Economic Study of OA Shows Benefits Outweigh Costs
  143. EPSRC to Adopt Open Access Mandate
  144. New Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Launched
  145. Springer Purchase BioMedCentral
  146. European Commission launches open access pilot
  147. SPARC Europe and DRIVER agree to closer collaboration
  148. Third SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications awarded to Leo Waaijers
  149. Second SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications goes to SHERPA
  150. European Commission Issues 'Communication' on Open Access
  151. European Research Community Call on European Union to Adopt Open Access
  152. Fifth UK Research Council Issues Open Access Mandate
  153. European Commission Publishes Synthesis of Responses to Scientific Publications Study
  154. Fourth UK Research Council Adopts Open Access Mandate
  155. UK Funding Bodies Mandate Open Access
  156. European Commission Publishes Study Into Scientific Publications
  157. Leading European Library Organization Firmly Supports Research Councils UK New Open Access Policy
  158. UK Research Councils Publish Draft Open Access Policy
  159. Launch of the Directory of Open Access Repositories Announced
  160. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Issue Access Policy
  161. UK Science and Technology Committee Publish Report
  162. Berlin Declaration Lauched
  163. Merger Announced Between Springer and Kluwer
  164. SPARC Europe Hires Director and Formally Launches Organisation Based at Oxford University
  165. SPARC and SPARC Europe Support Budapest Open Access Initiative

What SPARC Europe has done recently to advance scholarly communications

Read what SPARC Europe has recently been doing to make progress in the areas of lobbying, international collaboration for greater European change, and to inform and update the Open Access community.
Download the short report here.

Pasteur4OA newsletter on line

PASTEUR4OA logoPasteur4OA supports the international development and alignment of Open Access strategies and policies.
Read more about its latest results and about some of Europe’s national policy updates in its newsletter.

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.”

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