LIBER backs the development of Open Access policies because of the many benefits for libraries and their users.
Open Access means making the results of scholarly research freely available to everyone, either by publishing the results of that research in an Open Access repository (Green OA) or by publishing in an Open Access journal (Gold OA).
As an organisation, we were an early supporter of the Open Access movement and signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in 2005. In 2014, we published our own Open Access Publication Guidelines for work produced by LIBER and we licensed our website as CC-BY. In 2015, we launched The Hague Declaration.
How is LIBER helping?
LIBER works on Open Access issues in many ways. Our President Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen serves on the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform. We have a Working Group dedicated to Open Access and we participate in many EU Projects focused around the development of Open Access policies and support services.
Currently we are involved in the following projects:
- OpenAIRE2020 – We are leading a pilot aimed at stimulating publishing in Open Access journals in Europe. The pilot is providing €4m in funding to cover all or part of the costs of post-grant open access publishing arising from projects funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
- Pasteur4OA – This project is addressing the challenge of promoting Open Access policy alignment at EU level.
- FOSTER – The focus of FOSTER is to develop Open Access skills amongst researchers and libraries.
We work together with like-minded organisations on Open Access issues, including SPARC Europe, OpenAIRE, COAR and EBLIDA. In 2013, we collaborated with OpenAIRE and COAR to submit recommendations for an effective Open Data pilot to the European Commission.
We are also supporters of the CERN Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication, of the DART-Europe portal (the principal gateway for access to Open Access European research theses) and the Open Access journal LIBER Quarterly.