KU Leuven supports a fair approach to scholarly publishing – Open Access Belgium

“KU Leuven launches the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access, enabling the publication of scholarly books and articles in a way that is cost-effective, puts academics back in charge and benefits the public at large. For many years now, opposition against a commercial approach towards scholarly publishing has been growing stronger and stronger. The for-profit model leads to publications which are prohibitively expensive, either for the reader or for the researcher, and typically puts commercial partners in control of the dissemination of scholarly work since researchers have to transfer critical aspects of their author’s rights in order to get published. Alternatives such as Green Open Access (whereby researchers make an archival copy of their publication freely available to all), in most fields, do not challenge the traditional commercial publication model enough. Therefore, another alternative is on the rise, namely Fair Open Access. Publications in Fair Open Access are immediately freely available to all, are produced according to cost-effective (rather than commercial) principles and guarantee full control of researchers over the entire publication process. KU Leuven has been supporting Green Open Access for many years already, and now intensifies its efforts to maximize scholarly exchange, collaboration and innovation by creating the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access, administered by KU Leuven Libraries. This fund provides financial support for the production costs of books published by Leuven University Press as well as articles in selected journals, on the condition that these journals are published according to the Fair Open Access model and maintain the highest academic standards. More information and application forms can be found here.”

The right to share in Open Access

“It can be difficult for researchers to understand what are their author rights, what articles they can archive in Open Access… Fortunately, political decisions are taken across Europe to strongly authorize free dissemination of knowledge. In Belgium, Wallonia-Brussels Federation has presented a decree in order to authorize the Open Access deposit of publicly funded research. Moreover, the federal government plans to propose a bill in this regard in 2018. The preliminary draft decree defining an Open access policy for publicly funded scientific publications in Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FWB) has passed second reading by the FWB government. This preliminary draft decree proposed by the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Media Jean-Claude Marcourt is intended to allow scientific publications of publicly funded research to be freely shared and disseminated. This takes place in the context of the Open Science movement promoted by the FWB.”

The right to share in Open Access

“It can be difficult for researchers to understand what are their author rights, what articles they can archive in Open Access… Fortunately, political decisions are taken across Europe to strongly authorize free dissemination of knowledge. In Belgium, Wallonia-Brussels Federation has presented a decree in order to authorize the Open Access deposit of publicly funded research. Moreover, the federal government plans to propose a bill in this regard in 2018. The preliminary draft decree defining an Open access policy for publicly funded scientific publications in Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FWB) has passed second reading by the FWB government. This preliminary draft decree proposed by the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Media Jean-Claude Marcourt is intended to allow scientific publications of publicly funded research to be freely shared and disseminated. This takes place in the context of the Open Science movement promoted by the FWB.”

Workshop: IPR, Open Science and Technology Transfer | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS)

“The delicate interplay between ensuring protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and fostering knowledge circulation will be at the core of the workshop ‘IPR, Technology Transfer & Open Science – Challenges and opportunities’, which will take place on March 9th in Brussels. Starting from the idea that Open Science does not mean ‘free science’, the participants will discuss the approaches to striking a good balance between protected data and open access to information.

The present Workshop, jointly organised by JRC and DG Research and Innovation, gathers experts in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Technology Transfer, Open Science and cloud computing, with a view to analysing the interaction between these elements and, in particular, to understanding to what extent the current European copyright framework is fit for an Open Science setting.

The Workshop is expected to result in a set of policy recommendations to be included in a policy brief following discussions.

Since seats are limited, you are kindly invited to register early in order to secure your place.”

Council of the European Union | Draft Council conclusions on the transition towards an Open Science system – Adoption

“The Dutch Presidency considers Open Science as one of its top priorities in the R&I domain. In this context, the Presidency has proposed draft Council conclusions on the issue.” The doc presents 16 conclusions on the value of OA and open science, with hints that the EU will soon adopt a policy making all EU-funded research OA by default by 2020.

 

Council of the European Union | The transition toward an Open Science system – Council conclusions

“Delegations will find in the annex the Council conclusions on the transition towards an Open Science system, adopted by the Council at its 3470th meeting held on 27 May 2016.”

Research ministers will move to make open access the default by 2020 – Science|Business

“Member states to back both green and gold access and endorse move to end traditional subscription model, according to draft text”

Research ministers will move to make open access the default by 2020 – Science|Business

“Member states to back both green and gold access and endorse move to end traditional subscription model, according to draft text”

Senior Policy Officer at Science Europe

“Science Europe (www.scienceeurope.org) is an association of 50 European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO) from 27 countries, based in Brussels….In order to support the policy activities of Science Europe and reinforce the Policy Affairs unit, we are currently looking for a Senior Policy Officer….The following skills and experience are [not essential but] additional assets to your application: …Experience in the areas of Open Access to scientific publications….”

Le “Mandat ULg” actualisé et renforcé

From Google’s English: “On 17 September, the Board of Directors of the University of Liege has decided to strengthen the mandatory detention warrant on ORBi. Not only how to file references and documents have been consolidated but also those on the assessment records, and lists of specific publications, to request the appointment, promotion or assignment of credit. In addition, it was decided that BICTEL / e, ETDs ULg, will soon be integrated in ORBi. First, it broadens the scope of publications to be encoded in ORBi to complete the institutional bibliography. All references to publications of authors from the University of Liège will be introduced in ORBi and only those published since 2002.  Then he explained the context of filing mandatory documents. Now journal articles published since 2002 must be filed when accepted by the publisher and not after publication or even later. It also reinforces the requirement for assessors to consider only lists publications from ORBi for dossier evaluation to request the appointment, promotion or assignment of credit. Finally, note that the theses contained in BICTEL / e will soon be integrated into ORBi and future deposits of theses will be directly on it. So they now benefit from high visibility ORBi Web.”