For the first time since the debate on Open Access to scientific publication has taken off, the major European Research Funding and Performing Organisations have agreed on a common set of ‘Principles’ that should guide the transition to Open Access to research publications.

Science Europe’s 51 Member Organisations are all committed to ensuring that results of publicly-funded research and innovation in Europe are available through an unrestricted, online access system, and have identified a list of ten principles that will ensure consistency and coherence in their efforts towards Open Access.
The Principles are detailed in Science Europe’s latest Position Statement, which has just been released: ‘Principles on the Transition to Open Access to Research Publications ‘.

Amongst other principles, Science Europe’s members “advocate that research publications should either be published in an Open Access journal or made available or be deposited as soon as possible in a repository”. They also “expect publishers to apply institutional, regional, or country-based reductions in journal subscriptions, in line with increases of contributions paid by author(s) or institution(s)”; hence discouraging situations where institutions pay twice for accessing scholarly articles (so-called ‘double-dipping’).

With the release of this Statement, Science Europe wishes to encourage the European Commission, national governments, research funding and research performing organisations, and other stakeholders at global level to adopt a similar approach to Open Access. The transition to Open Access is a world-wide process and Science Europe will encourage other organisations at the Global Research Council to adopt this approach.

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