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What is the best licensing framework for scholarly material?

A week ago, over 80 organisations from around the world, including many publishers, signed up to a letter to STM, the International Association of Scientific, Medical and Technical Publishers, calling on it to withdraw its new set of model licences for academic content.

SPARC Europe was one of the first signatories.
The following briefing document to SPARC Europe Members explains a little more about the topic and why we signed the letter to STM.
See it here.

SPARC Europe publishes new flyer

For a concise overview of what SPARC Europe does, see our new flyer.
It tells you what we believe in, who we are, what we do and gives you a handful of reasons for why joining SPARC Europe could benefit your institution.

SPARC Europe flyer

7 institutional benefits to implementing an Open Access policy

SPARC Europe has brought together 7 short arguments that can support you and your library when discussing introducing an Open Access Policy with your institutional management.
Pin-point the priorities and concerns of your stakeholder and then select the benefits that hold up for them.

  • Download the 7 pointers here.
  • 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 (vanessa@arl.org) by 15th August 2014.

    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: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/04/01/hefce-open-access-ref-gamechanger/.

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