Open Access in a Global Perspective: Comparing Policies and Practices

When: Monday December 2, 14h-18h

Where: Justus-Lipsiuszaal (LETT 08.16), Erasmushuis, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven

In the context of Digital Worlds: cultures and glocalization, organized by the Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven, KU Leuven Libraries organizes the event Open Access in a Global Perspective: Comparing Policies and Practices. This event focuses on the implementation of Open Access with presentations about community-owned, non-commercial alternatives in use in the Global South, followed by a debate on the ambitious plan of major funders, united in cOAlition S, to make all European research publications available in Open Access.

You can find the full program here. The event is open to all, but registration is required.

Playing the Open Science Game

ulbvelOn the occasion of the international Open Access Week 2019, 31 library staff from the Université libre de Bruxelles played the Open Science game : “Libérez la science!”. Six games of 5 to 6 players allowed the participants to learn or refine their knowledge on open access, data management, scientific publications, and even to discover the amount of ULB libraries’ annual budget allocated to the purchase of printed and electronic periodicals…

All participated enthusiastically and some consider that they will retain much more what they have learned while playing than by following a classical training session.

plaelThe game, created by the University of Huddersfield, translated into French by the University of Lille and enriched by the University of Reunion, has been adapted to the Belgian context by the Libraries of the ULB. In the form of a game of goose, participants are led to answer questions about Open Access, for example: what is Green Open Access, Gold Open Access? What is an embargo? Specific questions on the Open Access Decree of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and on the Open Access article of the Belgian law have been added, such as: which publications does the Decree cover? From what date does it come into force? The game has been completed with references to the Open Access policy of the Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles (ULB Press).

Building on this library success, the game has been proposed to the University Research administration Department, where new games are scheduled with research support staff. Sessions will also be organized for the researchers of the Faculty of Architecture during lunch time, and in the framework of a seminar on article publishing organized each year for the PhD students by the libraries.

The files of the game “Libérez la science!”, adapted to the Belgian context and to the ULB, are available under Creative Commons license on Zenodo ( ).


Successful first Mini Open Science Fair ULB-VUB

On the occasion of the Open Access week 2019, the first Mini Open Science Fair jointly organized by ULB and VUB was held on October 23 in

45 researchers and support staff gathered to discuss Open Science practices, i.e. sharing research results as soon as possible in the research cycle to ensure their transparency, reproducibility and reusability.

The speakers shared their experience about tools they are using, underlining the pros and cons from their personal point of view:, to create a data management plan very helpful to anticipate research data issues; the Open Science Framework, a platform enabling researchers to manage their projects, preregister their ideas and share their results, data and publications; GitHub, to store, share and collaborate on code, providing data analysis, metadata and user license; Zenodo, an open archive to share and ensure long term access and preservation of research data, providing a DOI to enable data citation; Publons, to give visibility to the peer review activity of researchers.

The SODA project was presented, which aims at creating a national data archive for social science in Belgium, based on the DataVerse tool to manage ingest and access to data.
Two systems of open peer review were discussed, one used by Frontiers, making the review interactive between authors and reviewers, and the other used by the Copernicus Publications platform, making the reviews publicly available, which was considered constructive, quick and efficient.

Some researchers also shared their experience of good practices of Open Science such as: sharing one’s research protocols from the start of the research project, providing transparency about the methodology; involving citizens in data collection, for transcribing historical documents; managing an interdisciplinary scientific open access journal, also aiming at being accessible to the large public.

The presentations gave rise to interesting discussions among researchers, pointing to the need for more information about sustainable open science tools.

Programme and presentations are available here.

Conference: The Future of Research: Assessing the Impact of Plan S

The bold ambition behind Plan S is to ensure that full open access to published research finally becomes a reality. Yet, what does it mean for the future of research? Join us for this event at KU Leuven on 5th-6th November 2019, where our distinguished panels of experts will debate the prospects for researchers, universities, learned societies, academies and publishers.

The conference is free and open to all, and includes a welcome reception at the historic University Library on the evening before the conference.

Date And Time:
Tue, 5 Nov 2019, 17:00 – Wed, 6 Nov 2019, 16:45 CET

The conference will take place at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven View Map
The welcome reception will take place at the KU Leuven University Library, Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven View map



Open Access publication costs and transformative agreement strategies: a round table discussion

On the 21st of November, a round table discussion organized by Open Access Belgium, will bring together research administration and libraries to have an in-depth discussion about the financial implications of transformative agreements and the monitoring of cost for Open Access publishing.


More specifically, the event will involve APC monitoring by universities, Electron on the cost of Open Access, ESAC and Bicfb on the mechanisms of the current transformative agreements in place and a group discussion on Open Access publishing costs and transformative agreements. The half day event will also provide the opportunity to exchange experiences on the current transformative agreements and attitude towards open access agreements.

This is an on invitation-only event. A report of the event will be publish later on.

Also of interest

Following the round table discussion, you can join the “Open Science in Belgium: EOSC Initiatives” workshop organised by BELSPO, EWI and CFWB, which will take place on the same day at the Palace of the Academies from 13.30 till 17 pm.

This workshop is independently organized from ‘Open Access publication costs and transformative agreement strategies: a round table discussion’. You can find the programme here.

If interested, you may register separately for this event here.

OpenAIRE Workshop on ‘Research policy monitoring in the era of Open Science and Big Data’ announced in Ghent.

A two-day workshop titled ‘Research policy monitoring in the era of Open Science and Big Data – The what (indicators) and the how (infrastructures)’, co-organised by OpenAIRE and Data4Impact, with support of Science Europe, will explore mechanisms for research policy monitoring and indicators, and how to link these to infrastructure and services. The first day will focus on open science indicators as these emerge from national and EU initiatives, while the second will be a forward thinking exploration for more advanced aspects of indicators for innovation and societal impact.WHEN – May 27-28th, 2019

WHERE – Het Pand, Ghent, Belgium
WHAT – A two day workshop exploring mechanisms for research policy monitoring and indicators: discussing the what ‘indicators’ and the how: infrastructure. This workshop is in collaboration with Data4Impact, with support of Science Europe.

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Launch of the European Open Science Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is officially launched today, 23 November 2018, during an event hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union. The inauguration marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders led by the European Commission.

The event demonstrates the importance of EOSC for the advancement of research in Europe and introduces the new EOSC Portal.

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