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Endorsed Open Science Initiatives

COVID-19 impact on library resources: statement

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a number of publishers are making adjustments to access restrictions for online content, making more content available in open access.

  1. Making any relevant content and data sets about COVID-19, Coronaviruses (regardless of species affected), vaccines, antiviral drugs, etc. currently behind subscription-only paywalls Open Access immediately to facilitate research, guide community public health response, and accelerate the discovery of treatment options.
  2. Removing and waiving all simultaneous user limits to an institution’s licensed digital content during this period when universities are going all online in order to allow research, discovery, and learning to proceed.
  3. Lifting existing contractual ILL restrictions or photocopying limits temporarily so that libraries may assist our students to complete their term.
  4. Allowing the maximum extent of copyright limitations, exception and fair use, even if contractually restricted, to enable institutions to continue their vital teaching missions as campuses transition to an online, remote format.

SPARC Europe on Covid-19 crisis society needs knowledge and practices from not only the medical field but from all areas of public health and the social sciences

UNESCO: mobilizes 122 countries to promote open science and reinforced cooperation in the face of COVID-19

Berlin Declaration

The EUI signed in 2011 the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

Budapest Open Access Initiative

The EUI signed in 2012 the Budapest Open Access Initiative on its 10th Anniversary


The EUI signed in 2017 the EOSC Declaration and is a member of the EOSC Coalition of Doers



LIBER Open Science Roadmap

LIBER is Europe's Research Library Network, and published an Open Science Roadmap (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.

Page last updated on 09 April 2021

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