Register for the Open Science webinars during Open Access Week

As a part of the international Open Access Week 2018, Belgium universities host a series of lunch-time webinars. Themed “Everyone on the road to Open Science”, these online presentations will cover different topics concerning Open Science aimed at PhD’s, researchers and research supporting staff.


October 22, 12:00-13:00  | Register here for the Webinar: Open Peer Review

October 23, 12:00-13:00  | Register here for the Webinar: How to achieve OA to publications and books?

October 24, 12:30-13:30  | Register here for the Webinar: How to achieve FAIR data and good Research Data Management?

October 25, 12:00-13:00  | Register here for the Webinar: Boosting academic reputation with OA publications

October 26, 12:00-13:00  | Register here for the Webinar: Open Science Policy: funder requirements H2020, FWO, FNRS and Legal aspects in Belgium

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The day and an hour before your selected webinar you will be sent a reminder email. The webinars will last an hour with time for questions.

Can’t make it? No problem! The sessions will also be recorded and be posted here after the event.

Programme details

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Online event “Everyone on the road to open science” – 22nd – 26th October 2018


During the international Open Access Week 2018, themed “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”, the Belgian universities jointly organize a 5 day online event entitled “Everyone on the road to open science”, from the 22nd until the 26th of October 2018. Several topics of open science will be addressed, such as open peer review, the FAIR data principles, research data management, legal aspects, etc.

Anyone can attend the event, although the webinars are primarily intended for PhD students, postdocs and (junior) professors. All sessions are English-spoken.

Twitter hashtag #openaccess_be

Programme webinars

Date Topic Speaker(s)



Open Peer Review Emilie Menz (ULB), Head of Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles

Axel Cleeremans (ULB), Chief Editor for Frontiers in Psychology

Louisa Flintoft, Executive Editor, BMC In-House Journals



How to achieve OA to publications and books? Eric Laureys (BELSPO)

Laurence Bénichou & Isabelle Gérard, European journal of taxonomy

Jean-Michel Lafleur (ULiège)



How to achieve FAIR data and RDM?   Myriam Mertens (UGent)

Olivier Klein (ULB)

Niel Hens (UHasselt)



Boosting academic reputation with open access publications? Yves Deville (Digital University UCL)

Veerle De Laet (Leuven University Press)

Philippe Bocquier (UCLouvain)



Open Science Policy: funder requirements H2020, FWO, FNRS and Legal aspects in Belgium Emilie Hermans (UGent)

Céline Thillou (UMons)

Joris Deene (Everest-Law)

More information about how to register for the webinars is coming soon!

Belgian copyright law amended in favor of open access to scientific articles

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 :

Source : Le Moniteur Belge/Het Belgisch Staatsblad. 2018-09-05. Art. 29

Predatory journals not compatible with open science principles

In the last couple of weeks national1 and international2 press reported on the problematic ethical practices of predatory  journals. Several news sources investigated the practices and found papers authored by researchers from across academia and industry in online publications that charge large upfront fees to publish open access work that does not undergo full peer review or proper editorial checks.

In the wake of the recent dismay over the unethical practices of predatory open access journals, Gwen Franck wrote an op-ed in De Morgen making the case for Open Access publishing and distinguishing between predatory open access journals and FAIR open access practices.

In the opinion piece3 she stresses the need for a shift in scientific publishing to FAIR open access, training on institutional level and for government to support and invest in OS infrastructure.

1. See De Morgen 10/08/2018 
2. Inter alia, in GermanyThe UK and India
3. See De Morgen 14/08/2018

8th International Conference on Information Law and Ethics. Modern Intellectual Property Governance and Openness in Europe: A Long and Winding Road?

ICIL 2018 is organized by the University of Antwerp (Research Group Government and Law) in collaboration with the Ionian University (Greece), the KU Leuven (CiTiP) and the University of Ghent.

December 13th-14th, 2018, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Suggested topics include: access to information, access to knowledge, open innovation, open science, open access, open data, data sharing, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, intellectual property and contemporary issues of openness, e-government and the digital divide. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

Please submit your abstract to at the latest on September 15th, 2018.
You will be notified by October 15th, 2018 whether your abstract has been accepted.
The proceedings of the conference will be published and several papers may be considered for a special issue. Full paper deadline: January 15th, 2019.


An Open Access mandate adopted by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Government

mercioaThe 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]

OpenAIRE Advance – Supporting Open Science in Europe

advance_logo1On January 1st 2018, OpenAIRE entered a new exciting phase with the start of the OpenAIRE-Advance project.

While sustaining the current successful infrastructure, comprised of a human network and robust technical services, OpenAIRE-Advance will work towards making Open Science the default in Europe, reshaping the scholarly communication system towards openness and transparency serving as a trusted pillar of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

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