European Commission Issues ‘Communication’ on Open Access

The EC promises to include publishing costs in research grants and promote open access infrastructure development.

Following a conference in Brussels on scientific publication issues on 15 and 16 February 2007,  the European Commission has published its Communication on Scientific Information in the Digital Age: Access, Dissemination and Preservation. The highlights include the commitment to include publishing costs in research projects and €50 million for work on infrastructures, in particular digital repositories, in 2007-2008. The Communication stopped short of a deposit mandate, but did say that ‘specific guidelines [will be] issued, within specific programmes, on the publication of articles in open repositories’. This takes the EC one step closer to mandating deposit of publicly-funded research in open repositories.

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