The Open Access Survey tracks universities’ progress towards open access by looking at the degree to which they have implemented institutional policies and practices in the field.
Since its inception in 2014, the initiative has collected input from 400 different institutions across Europe, providing EUA with the basis for a series of recommendations in 2017:
- EUA Statement on Open Science to EU Institutions and National Governments
- Recommendations to University Leaders on Open Access to Research Publications
- Research Data Management and Text and Data Mining.
Already in its third edition, the 2016-2017 survey gathered responses from 338 universities and higher education institutions from 39 European countries.
The results of this survey show the increasing commitment from European universities in implementing Open Access policies for research publications.
Nearly three out of four institutions have a repository. And seven out of ten institutions’ repositories are aggregated by OpenAIRE.
However, it reveals that progress is much feebler in open access to research data.
To quote from the survey:
“The following questions remain unsolved and pertinent:
- How to control the costs of accessing publications (pay to read and/or pay to publish), especially counting on the expectation that an increase in the number of open access journals should lead to a decrease in the cost of subscriptions;
- How to engage researchers in new methods and tools based on open science in a quicker and more globalised way;
- How to speed up regulatory processes to ensure a higher degree of fairness and simplification in terms of copyright, text and data mining and open access to research data;
- How to increase fairness in the evaluation of scientific papers;
- How to transform research assessment (and thus the management of researchers’ careers) by departing from the hypocrisy of the journal impact factor.”
Direct to Full Text: European University Association Open Access Survey Report 2016-2017
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