May 21, 2022

Workshop Report: “Ethical Aspects of Open Access: A Windy Road”

The ALLEA (All European Academies) Workshop “Ethical Aspects of Open Access: A Windy Road” took place on February 1, 2018 in Brussels.

About a month ago the workshop report was published.

About the Workshop

Facilitating access to research is a shared interest of the academic community: Open Access enables researchers to present their results more easily, opens up opportunities for researchers and institutions who cannot afford to subscribe to scientific journals, and allows for an easier use of publications in the class room. But there are also unintended consequences. In some cases the costs have to be paid by individual researchers or institutions who cannot do so. Furthermore, it has led to an increase of predatory journals, retractions, and fake editors. How are these problems to be dealt with, or rather, how can the opportunities be maximized and the threats minimized? These questions will be addressed at this workshop, which involves eminent experts from different parts of the world and from all relevant sectors involved in or affected by the on-going debate on open access publishing.

After the 2003 Berlin declaration, organizations financing research increasingly require that the results of publicly funded research are published in open access form. Since then, the topic has been widely discussed and more recently was integrated into the Open Science agenda of the European Commission, where it sits alongside topics of Open Data and Open Source among others. Many of these issues will be covered during a workshop on “Open Data in Science: Challenges and Opportunities in Europe” (follow the link for ICSU registration), organised by the European members of the International Council for Science in partnership with ALLEA on 31 January in Brussels. Despite this general attention on Open Science, a multitude of aspects of Open Access, particularly its caveats deserve a closer examination, on which this workshop will focus.

Direct to Full Text Workshop Report (48 pages; PDF)

Direct to Workshop Program

Hat Tip: @C0PE

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.