Open in order to advance science


In celebration of the 10th International Open Access Week, the Belgian universities present a two-day conference: ‘Open In Order To Advance Science’, elaborating the benefits that can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available. This two day event will have an introduction day to find out what Open Science is all about and to update your existing knowledge. The second day proceeds with a more comprehensive and in depth overview of how institutions and support staff can accelerating the translation of Open Science theory into research practice. 

Discover – 23 October

Do you know about Open Science? You might still be unsure what is in it for you! Why is it beneficial and how can it be implemented? What better way than hearing from successful fellow researchers and professionals who have built their career promoting Open Science!

Advanced – 24 October

Are you familiar with the basic concepts of Open Science but looking for more in-depth information? Are you seeking further expertise and training? On the second day of this conference we are looking to deepen our knowledge and provide a platform for all Open Science enthusiast.

You are invited to join two days of talks, debates and discussion. You can register for one or two days here.

Date: 23 – 24 October 2017

Place: The Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts/Kunstberg,  1000 Bruxelles/Brussel

The programme will follow soon! Keep an eye on this page for more information.



An excerpt of the Open Science on the move event


During Open Access week, Belgian universities jointed forced to organize a two-day  event titled ‘Open Science on the Move’.

The aim of the event was to show how open access has moved beyond it original thresholds and moved toward a global approach of opening up the whole scientific process. Where open access started as a movement to open up publications, it is now both a challenger for traditional publishing models and a topic high on the political agenda.  Currently a draft bill is being voted for the Walloon-Brussels region that implements a mandatory depositing policy for research papers.

All the presentation are available for consultation at the end of this post. Continue reading “An excerpt of the Open Science on the move event”

Open Access week 2015: Wed. Oct. 21st

During the international Open Access Week 2015, themed “Open for Collaboration”, the Belgian universities, with the support of the Royal Library, jointly organize a two-day event entitled “Research Impact through Open Access: Explore new opportunities”, on 21st and 22nd October 2015 at the Royal Library in Brussels. Continue reading “Open Access week 2015: Wed. Oct. 21st”

FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot

With Open Access publishing on the rise, new business models emerge.  Some journals choose to charge the author a fee to cover publishing costs. Although not all Open Access Journals ask an Article Processing Charge (APC), researchers may have to pay for the publication of their article. Because articles are often published after the research project is finished, this cost is generally not covered by funding. Continue reading “FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot”

Publishers, where is the added value?

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It’s nearly two years since Alexander Brown wrote Open access: why academic publishers still add value for the Guardian, in which he listed ways that he feels publishers make a contribution. I wrote a lengthy comment in response — long enough that it got truncated at 5000 characters and I had to post a second comment with the tail end. At the time, I intended to turn that comment into an SV-POW! post, but for some reason I never did. Belatedly, here it is.

I’m a bit nonplussed by this article, in which a publisher lists a lot of important services that they claim to provide, nearly all of which turn out to be either not important at all (if not actively harmful) or provided for free by academics. Let’s go through them one by one, and see how they measure up against the average cost to academia of $5333 per…

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Boo(s)tCamp Open Science – KU Leuven 24 October

Boost Your Research – Go Open!

Open Science, just another buzz word to you? Most probably not. You do know about Open Access (either through your funder or through your institution). And you surely have heard about Open Science (think the Human Genome Project, Digital Humanities, NASA Earth Exchange and many others). Continue reading “Boo(s)tCamp Open Science – KU Leuven 24 October”