Green Publisher at ULB

The publishing imprint of ULB,  Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, is a Green Publisher according to the colours used by SHERPA/RoMEO : the publisher deposits the articles written by ULB authors, immediately upon publication, in the ULB institutional repository DI-fusion, providing Open Access without any embargo. This is done with articles published in collective books since 2008. For articles published before 2008, the authors are authorized to deposit the published version of their article in DI-fusion and to provide Open Access to it. Today, 225 publications from Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles are available in Open Access in DI-fusion.

In addition, the publisher also provides Open Access to complete books as soon as they are out of print: 168 books are freely available online in the ULB digitized collections Digithèque, the most ancient dating from 1970 and the most recent ones published in 2010.

For all publications available online, users can freely read, copy, print, download and distribute the articles for research and education purposes provided that the authors and the publication are properly acknowledged and cited.

EADI IMWG conference 2012: Open for Development

13 – 14 September 2012

“The principle of Open Access is a familiar one for most working in the production, communication and curation of development research. But the theory remains contested and the debate fast moving – identifying practical steps to promote Open Access can be difficult.Continue reading “EADI IMWG conference 2012: Open for Development”

IR ORBi has passed the benchmark of 50,000 references with full text

In July 2012, ORBi, the institutional repository of the University of Liège, has passed the benchmark of 50,000 references with full text, which represents close to 61% of the deposits!
A great success which rewards the audacious gamble launched 5 years ago by the University of Liege, supported by a strong institutional mandate. It is also a fine victory for the accessibility of research documentation, as close to 50% of these references are in open access.Continue reading “IR ORBi has passed the benchmark of 50,000 references with full text”

Study on Open Access in French-speaking Belgium

The BICfB consortium has studied the development of institutional repositories in the Belgian French-speaking universities and the active involvement of our teachers and researchers (as editors in chief, members of an editorial board, peer-reviewers, etc.) in the life of academic and scientific journals on Open Access, or at the least freely available on the web. According to that study, ORBi, the IR of the University of Liège, counts for 2/3 of the Open Access publications of the Belgian French-speaking universities.

The study can be dowloaded at