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[InetBib] COAR reaffirms support for immediate open access to research articles
- Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:00:16 +0000
- From: "Putlitz, Maxie" <putlitz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [InetBib] COAR reaffirms support for immediate open access to research articles
***Apologies for cross-posting***
Major international associations reaffirm their support for immediate open
access to research articles
On the occasion of Open Access Week, COAR and other international associations
are reaffirming their support for immediate open access to research results.
As organizations committed to the principle that access to information advances
discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education, we endorse the
policies and practices that enable Open Access - immediate, barrier free access
to and reuse of scholarly articles.
Policies that promote Open Access are increasingly being adopted world wide by
research funders, academic institutions and national governments in order to
improve the use and value of scholarly research. We fully support such policies
and the dual avenues for implementing them: open access repositories and open
access journals. These policies play an important role in creating an
environment where our collective investments in research can be maximized for
the benefit of the public, and for society at large.
Many policies have employed the use of embargo periods - delayed access to
research articles for a short period of time to help protect publishers'
subscription revenue as they shift to new business models. We consider the use
of embargo periods as an acceptable transitional mechanism to help facilitate a
wholesale shift towards Open Access. However, embargo periods dilute the
benefits of open access policies and we believe that, if they are adopted, they
should be no more than 6 months for the life and physical sciences, 12 months
for social sciences and humanities. We further believe that mechanisms for
reducing - or eliminating - embargo periods should be included in any Open
Any delay in the open availability of research articles curtails scientific
progress and stifles innovation, and places unnecessary constraints in
delivering the benefits of research back to the public.
We urge all organizations and individuals that support immediate open access to
endorse the statement available
Numerous associations and institutions from around the world have already lent
their support to this statement.
Current signatories are:
* COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
* EIFL: Electronic Information for Libraries
* LIBER: Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche - Association of
European Research Libraries
* National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
* OpenAIRE: Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe
* SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
* Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA
* Research Libraries of the United Kingdom
* Coaliton for Action "Copyright for Education and Research"
(Aktionsbündnis "Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft"), Germany
* Australian National University
* AOASG: Australian Open Access Support Group
* INRIA: Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique,
* NEREUS: Network of European Libraries in Economics and Social Sciences
* Carnegie Mellon University, USA
* Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, USA
* SPARC Europe
* CLASCO: Latin America Council of Social Sciences
For more information, please contact:
Executive Director, COAR
+1 514 847 9068
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