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Open Access

What is Open Access

Open Access is the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need.

An Open Access publication is immediately available online - without costs - to read, download, copy, print, disseminate or search.

An author can choose between two Open Access roads:

  1. publish in a subscription journal, then self-archive an Open Access copy of the article in Cadmus, the EUI Research Repository or in a subject repository (Green OA)
  2. publish in an Open Access journal or a ‘hybrid’ journal with an OA option (Gold OA)

Open Access Tools


Unpaywall

This is a plug-in that allows you to find Open Access articles. Add Unpaywall to your browser.

Open Access Button

This plug-in will allow you to obtain full-text articles. Open Access button will help you to get free, legal research articles delivered instantly or to request from the authors.

LIBER Open Science roadmap

LIBER is Europe's Research Library Network. It published an Open Science Roadmap in July 2018. LIBER made available Five Principles for libraries to use when conducting Open Access negotiations with publishers (1. Licensing and Open Access go Hand-in-Hand;  2. No Open Access, No Price Increase; 3. Transparency for Licensing Deals: No Non-Disclosure; 4. Keep Access Sustainable and 5. Usage Reports Should Include Open Access.) These Five Principles are part of LIBER’s ongoing commitment to facilitate knowledge exchange between its libraries, national governments and stakeholders. They are inspired by other statements including the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science (2016) and the OA2020 Initiative.

LERU Open Science roadmap

The LERU 2018 Roadmap: Open Science and its role in Univeristies: a roadmap for cultural change

APC Open and ESAC

Open APC (Article Processing Charges) offers a way to see the level of expenses on APCs in various countries by institution.

ESAC aggregates data and relevant facts for a number of major publishers in order to illustrate their market position and better assess the development of the scholarly publishing market as it transitions to open access.

DOAJ

The Directory of Open Access Journals indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. The EUI Library is a supporting institutional member of DOAJ. DOAJ also contains information on a journal's level, if any, of APCs. A predatory journal will not be listed in DOAJ. It is still of interested to consult the archived version of Beall's list of predatory journalsThink, Check, Submit can help researchers identify trusted journals for their research.

Plan-S and cOAlition S

Plan-S, launched in 2018, contains one main target plus 10 principles on Open Access as a reality. On 4 September 2018, a group of national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality.

Other OA tools

Other useful Open Access tools and plug-ins are Google Scholar ButtonLazy Scholar (which finds both open access and subscription articles) and Kopernio (also finding both open access and subscription articles, but requires registration). 

 

@ the EUI

The EUI Open Access Policy encourages scholars to facilitate the widespread dissemination of their research by making their publications available in Cadmus, the EUI's Research Repository.

Many EUI PhD theses are available online, either in immediate open access or after a 4-year embargo. Browse EUI Open Access theses. Read on how to make the EUI thesis available online or this library blog post on EUI theses.

The EUI has signed two milestone declarations of the open access movement:

The EUI offers Dissemination Support for EUI Research Projects funded by Horizon 2020 and ERC. Project Directors are encouraged to complete a Checklist and form.

Open Data guidelines are in the Research Data Guide

Cadmus is searchable in and harvested by several European and international networks and portals. Some are listed below.

European Research Council (ERC)


OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE is a network of Open Access repositories, archives and journals that support Open Access policies. OpenAIRE started out as a policy support mechanism for the EC (FP7 pilot and H2020 OA policies), with the aim to be the European scholarly communication hub providing its services to many European funders. Its predecessor, Driver, was in 2014 merged with the OpenAIRE infrastructure.

Cadmus is certified OpenAIRE compliant since 2013. More information on Cadmus in OpenAIRE.

Horizon2020

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon2020, is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). 

The next 7-year budget of the EC FP9 succeeding the H2020.

Search for projects in Cordis containing EU-funded projects since 1990.

Dart

The European E-theses portal Dart contains nearly 700,000 Open Access full-text theses. It is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. Dart harvests the EUI open access theses in Cadmus, and EUI theses are therefore found also in the Dart E-theses Portal.

Pleiadi

Italy's national portal for Electronic Scientific Litterature of Institutional Repositories, Pleiadi, harvests the scientific production of Italian universities and research institutes and has nearly 3 million records. Cadmus content is searchable from Pleiadi.

Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP)

ROARMAP is an international registry of open access mandates and policies (adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders) that require or request their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository. The Open Access Check Tool tells you if a ROARMAP registered OA policy corresponds to H2020 OA guidelines. 

WorldWideScience.org

WorldWideScience.org is a global science gateway—accelerating scientific discovery and progress through a multilateral partnership to enable federated searching of national and international scientific databases and portals. Cadmus content is searchable from Worldwide science via Pleiadi, and via OpenAIRE.

Page last updated on 29 October 2018