Latest News

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

Join the SPARC Europe Board

Do you wish to

  • see a scholarly communication system built on the principles of openness and sharing
  • returning to the collegiate values of academic research and
  • delivering the best return possible to society?

If so, we’d like you to join the Board of SPARC Europe. You can nominate yourself or a colleague.

Please send us a short CV and cover letter shortly listing your motivations for becoming a Board Member of SPARC Europe and how you would like to contribute to SPARC Europe’s activities.

Board Members serve a 3-year-term with an option of an additional 3-year-term.

Please send your short CV and cover letter to us ( by 15th August 2014.

Announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020

Following the adoption of the Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 last week, here is the link to a press release announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020.
The press release also covers rules on open access to scientific publications in Horizon 2020. Further information is available in the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 and the Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020.


SPARC Europe welcomes the new UK Open Access policy

HEFCE has announced the final form of the Open Access policy that will apply to research outputs funded through the period of the next research evaluation exercise in the UK, the Research Excellence Framework.

The policy is very significant. The REF is a periodic exercise that all British universities and their researchers take extremely seriously as it determines their funding for the next period, so any policy around the REF is certain to be implemented in universities.

This policy requires all journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers to be deposited in a repository at the time of acceptance for publication, and made Open Access as soon as possible. Where there is no publisher embargo this must be immediately, but embargoes of 12 months in STEM disciplines and 24 Months in HaSS disciplines are permissible, aligning the new policy with the existing permitted embargo periods enshrined in the RCUK policy.

This policy will certainly increase the UK’s Open Access levels over the coming years and serves as a well-designed template for other funders, even when a national research evaluation exercise is not the norm.

More on the policy can be found in an article by Alma Swan here:

SPARC Europe in two new EU projects – FOSTER and PASTEUR4OA

SPARC Europe is pleased to announce that it is a partner on two successful project bids to the European Commission. Both projects will start in early 2014. The first project, FOSTER (Foster Open Science Training for European Research) will deliver training programmes for researchers and other stakeholder groups, as well as training trainers to spread the effort more widely.

The second project, PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) will address policymakers and will try to encourage OA policy alignment across Europe to simplify compliance for researchers and to adhere to the spirit of the European Research Area’s harmonisation agenda.

Please check the websites of the two projects as they begin in 2014 to see the progress being made.

Briefing Papers: OA in the humanities and in the social sciences

SPARC Europe is publishing two briefing papers, focusing on OA in the humanities and in the social sciences. The one covering humanities was written by Sam Moore of King’s College London, and the one covering social sciences is by Paul Kirby of Sussex University:

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