What you can do

What you can do

Open Access is a global movement in which different stakeholders have their own opportunities.

  • Libraries form the ultimate locus for pushing out the case for Open Access and address to universities, funders, research institutes and publishers. Librarians often manage the Institutional Repositories and they know which Open Access Journals are worth promoting to their research communities.
  • Public and national libraries are stakeholders of Open Access as well!
  • Recommendations and examples


Universities and research institutions
  • The support to and endorsement of Open Access at university board level is essential for a smooth transition to Open Access. Universities can support Open Access by signing The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and by giving their libraries the resources they need for solid Open Access implementation and for maintaining this.
  • Recommendations and examples


Funding agencies
  • International, national and local funding agencies can implement Open Access policies in their grant agreements. This may mean grant recipients have to deposit a final version of the article in an Institutional Repository and it may mean grant recipients can get Open Access publication costs reimbursed.
  • Recommendations and examples


  • Open Access Publishers are committed to new ways of making publishing business.
  • For toll-gate publishers the transition to Open Access requires a new way of pursuing business.
  • Recommendations and examples


  • Researchers play a central role in supporting Open Access since they are the creators of the assets Open Access is all about. Researchers can self-deposit their articles in the repository, they can publish in Open Access Journals or ask their publishers to make their article Open Access. Researchers are also capable of dealing more carefully with their copyrights; instead of signing them away, they can give the publisher a license to publish.
  • SPARC Europe wishes to connect more with academics. We invite scholars and scientist to join our Discussion Group on LinkedIn so we can discuss different topics in Open Access.
  • Check out our workshop “How to make your work Open Access” and find exercises to explore the Open Access landscape.
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