EUA releases Open Access Survey Report 2016-17
The European University Association (EUA) published its Open Access Survey Report 2016-17 on 21 February 2018. The third edition of the report tracks European universities’ progress towards Open Access by looking at the degree to which they have implemented institutional policies and practices in the field. At the same time, EUA is launching its Open Access Survey for 2017-18.
The 2016-17 survey is based on responses from 338 universities and higher education institutions from 39 European countries. According to EUA, the latest survey shows increasing commitment from European universities in implementing Open Access policies for research publications, but much less progress in Open Access to research data. The findings also highlight the need to further raise researchers’ awareness of Open Access and to create more incentives for Open Science. The report suggests that this could be done by changing research assessment practices and moving away from relying too heavily on the journal impact factor. The findings of this and previous editions of the report inform EUA’s work in policy dialogue at the European level to strengthen the support to European universities in implementing Open Access and Open Science policies.
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