EUA launches Open Access checklist for universities
The European University Association (EUA) has launched the ‘Open Access Checklist for Universities: A practical guide on implementation’. The aim of this document is to support universities in developing institutional policies on Open Access to research publications.
The Open Access checklist is addressed to higher education and research institutions that are developing, or planning to develop, a policy on Open Access to research publications. It is intended as a general guide in the development of institutional policies on Open Access and can be useful for different stakeholders, including management, administration, librarians and researchers. The checklist includes key information on Open Access, such as benefits, challenges and ways of implementing it, as well as strategic, practical and economic aspects that should be considered when developing an Open Access policy. It also includes links to resources and highlights some of the main findings of the EUA survey on Open Access, which was conducted in 2014.
In the context of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between EUA and the European Commission in 2012, EUA committed itself to encouraging universities to implement Open Access policies at the institutional level and created a task force to monitor developments.