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.
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 topic of open access has moved well beyond opening up publications and research data. Additional to those important ways of sharing lies a more integrated approach, generally known as open science. The striving for transparency, public availability and reuseability has made some enthusiastic advocates for Open Science. But what are the possibilities and challenges? And how to apply Open Science in your research workflow?
Participate in the Open Science event, organized by the Flemish and French-speaking universities of Belgium, at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels on 24-25 October 2016.
The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week, to be held October 24-30, will be ‘Open in Action’. The Belgian universities, with the support of the Royal Library, jointly organize a two-day event titled ‘Open Science on the move’. As ‘Open Access’ becomes a more and more familiar concept, this event will focus on the broader picture of ‘Open science’ and how to open up all aspects of scientific research.
Topics will include, among other things: open access, open peer review and open data.
Anyone can attend the event although the first day is primarily intended for researchers, PhD students, postdocs, and (junior) professors, while the 25th of October is oriented towards research administrations, research coordinators and librarians.
Monday 24 October: oriented towards researchers – program
Tuesday 25 October: oriented towards research administration/coordinators and librarians – program
This event will be held at the KBR, Keizerslaan 4 Boulevard de l’Empereur, 1000 Brussels
More information about the ‘Open Science on the move’-event and how to enrol is coming soon!
It’s a recurring discussion. Every time a major work is about to enter the public domain, debate flares up if and when it can be freely accessed. Due to differences in national copyright legislation it is often difficult to determine when copyright protection ends. In a time where access to knowledge is global, this leads to absurd situations. So is “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the public domain in most parts of the world but, due to an exception in copyright law, not in France.