A change in the belgian copyright law allows the authors of scientific articles financed by the public sector, to retain the right to make their article available in Open Access even if otherwise stipulated in their contract with the publisher.
Published the 5th September 2018, this law completes and reinforces the recent decree of the fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB) which requires the deposit in open access of scientific articles in institutional directories.
The text specifies that :
- The article must be publicly financed by at least 50%
- The article can be diffused in open access even if the author has already waved his copyright to the editor
- The embargo period is 12 months after publication for the human and social sciences and 6 months after publication for the applied sciences; or less if authorized by the publishing contract
- The source of the first publication must be mentioned
This rules also apply to every article published before the publication of the law.
Text in French and Dutch : http://www.dekamer.be/FLWB/PDF/54/3143/54K3143006.pdf
Source : Le Moniteur Belge/Het Belgisch Staatsblad. 2018-09-05. Art. 29
The Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation unanimously adopted (with two abstentions) the project of Open Access Decree supported by the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Jean-Claude Marcourt, aiming at establishing a policy of free access to scientific publications.
The text of the decree stipulates that all scientific articles subsidized by public funds must be deposited in an institutional directory.
Institutions will also need to use only lists of publications from these directories for the evaluation of researchers.
The decree is accessible online [fr]
Over the past 20 years digital open scholarly communications have slowly changed the way we study, research, publish and share knowledge in developed and developing regions, with a trend toward open access, open science, en data. Openness brings benefits but also challenges for sustainable and participatory knowledge infrastructures.
As part of the World Humanities Conference (Liège, from sunday 6 to saturday 12 august), the panel on “The humanities and knowledge as a public good” organized by CLACSO will have invited presentations by Bhanu Neupane (UNESCO, Open Access Programs), Justus Roux (Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa, President), Williams Nwagwu (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa –CODESRIA Open Access Program), Dominique Chalono (University of Liege, ORBi)
Date and time: Wednesday 9th. August, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Place: University of Liege, (Site du XX Août, Room Gothot, building A1, level +1)
Online registration: http://www.humanities2017.org/en#registrationfees-section
For the third year, the libraries network of the University of Liege (ULg Library) organizes an “Open Access Erasmus Staff Week” to expose, question and reflect on the new roles and opportunities which emerged from the Open Access & Open Science movement for the academic libraries.
Based both on ULg Library’s expertize and on each participant’s experience in Open Access, the main OA components will be addressed : mandates, author rights, Open Science, libraries roles, etc. Some sessions will be collaborative and, for others, participants will be invited to expose their own open access experiences.
When? : 8 to 12 may 2017, english will be the working language.
The application deadline is March 10th, 2017.
Details and registrations
This morning, I went – on behalf of Creative Commons – to the “Open Science Works!” meeting in the European Parliament.
The meeting was organized under the auspices of MEP Marietje Schaake with the support of the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Continue reading ““Open Science Works!””
EWI Focus group on Open Access
[reporting by Gwen Franck]
Today, the Flemish Government department EWI organized a Focus meeting about Open Access. The meeting was intended as a follow up of last year’s Open Access meeting, where the Brussels Declaration on Open Access was presented. Bringing together all stakeholders one year late, aim of this meeting was to bring together all stakeholders again and defining (future) Open Access policies in Flanders.
Continue reading “Report 14/10/2013 EWI Focus group on Open Access”