LERU presents Statement on Open Access to Research Council
On the occasion of the Informal Meeting of Research Ministers (Council Competitiveness), which took place on 27 January 2016 in Amsterdam, LERU (the League of European Research Universities) presented the signatures to the LERU Statement on Open Access to Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Dutch Secretary of State Sander Dekker. LERU's statement had received nearly 10,000 signatures from researchers worldwide, calling upon policy makers for clear initiatives to guide the development of the Green and Gold routes to Open Access (OA).
European universities are struggling with the high costs they pay to large journal publishers, against the background of tight budgets. In addition to subscription costs, academic research funding is also affected by “Article Processing Charges” (APC) when making individual articles Gold Open Access. LERU sees Open Access as one of the cornerstones of the new research paradigm in an era of Open Science and sees the EU's leadership in research and innovation depend on it to a large extent. The LERU Open Access Statement therefore calls for a fundamental move to Open Access publishing backed by a business model which is forward-looking and sustainable. The association also sees Open Access as helping universities to contribute to the societal grand challenges.
LERU calls on the current Dutch Council Presidency and the Commission to facilitate round-table talks between all stakeholders to realise the vision laid out in the LERU Statement.
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