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EUI endorses 20th anniversary statement of the Budapest Open Access Initiative

EUI Dean of Research, Professor Giacomo Calzolari, and Library Director, Pep Torn, confirm the EUI’s position at the forefront of the Open Access movement by signing and endorsing the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI20) on its 20th anniversary.

18 May 2022 | Research

In collaboration with colleagues from around the world, the BOAI steering committee developed the BOAI20, a new set of recommendations to mark the BOAI’s 20th anniversary. The updated document reaffirms the initiative’s commitment to the principles articulated in the original BOAI statement from 2002 and the 10-year anniversary statement from 2012.

This year’s statement aims to address some of the systemic problems that obstruct progress toward the equity, quality, usability, and sustainability of research, through four high level recommendations: Open infrastructure; research assessment practices; article processing charges; and read-and-publish agreements.

In Spring 2022, the EUI Open Science Office, EUI Library, and the Office of the Dean of Research prepared a document that was published online on 18 May 2022, announcing the signing of the BOAI20 statement on 2 May 2022. The document lists and describes how the Institute is currently addressing each recommendation through established practices, as well as indicating possible future actions to undertake.

The EUI first signed the BOAI statement on its 10th anniversary in 2012. Following this recent endorsement, the EUI Open Access policy from 2017 might be revisited and adapted.

The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), arose from a small but lively meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute (now Open Society Foundations) on December 1-2, 2001. The BOAI offered the first definition of open access and consists in a statement of principle, strategy, and commitment to making research free and available to anyone with internet access. The initiative is signed by thousands of individuals and organisations from around the world.

Last update: 18 May 2022

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