European Research Community Call on European Union to Adopt Open Access

EC Commissioner of research presented with 17,500-signatory petition for open access.

On Thursday 15 February a delegation led by Sijbolt Noord, on behalf of the European University Association, presented a petition calling on Guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results petition to Jan Potocnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research. The petition had been singed by over 17,500 individuals and 743 intuitions and called on the EC to implement the recommendations of the EU Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets of Europe.

David Prosser (left) Director of SPARC Europe meeting Commissioner Jan Potocnik before the presentation of the petition

The petition was sponsored by SPARC Europe together with the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee, UK), SURF (Netherlands), DFG (Deutsches Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany), DEFF (Danmarks Elektroniske Fag- og Forskningsbibliotek, Denmark) to demonstrate support for Open Access and for the recommendations in the EC-commissioned Study.

The petition is still open for additional signatures and now contains over 21,000 signatories.

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