European Commission launches open access pilot

EC pilot to give OA to results from approximatley 20% of FP7 projects – especially in health, energy, environment, social sciences and information and communication technologies.

The European Commission has announced a pilot to provide OA to results from selected FP7 projects.

“Fast and reliable access to research results, especially via the Internet, can drive innovation, advance scientific discovery and support the development of a strong knowledge-based economy. The European Commission wants to ensure that the results of the research it funds under the EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) with more than € 50 billion from 2007 – 2013 are disseminated as widely and effectively as possible to guarantee maximum exploitation and impact in the world of researchers and beyond. The Commission today launched a pilot project that will give unrestricted online access to EU-funded research results, primarily research articles published in peer reviewed journals, after an embargo period of between 6 and 12 months. The pilot will cover around 20% of the FP7 programme budget in areas such as health, energy, environment, social sciences and information and communication technologies.”

SPARC Europe strongly supports this project, but urges the Commssion to move further and faster.

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