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The future of scientific publishing has been at the centre of discussions for a number of years, leading to the adoption of the Berlin Declaration (October 2003) calling for open access to knowledge. With this in mind, the European Commission launched on 15 June a study on the economic and technical evolution of the scientific publication markets in Europe. Results will be available in 2005.
The study aims at answering the following questions:
– What are the main changes in Europe?
– What and who is driving change and why? If there is any resistance to positive change, what/who is blocking it?
– What are the consequences for users (authors, readers, libraries)?
It will thus seek to identify measures at European level which could help to improve conditions governing access to and the exchange, dissemination and archiving of scientific publications while
guaranteeing a high level of quality, diversity and protection of authors’ rights.
The study aims at:
– determining the conditions required for optimum operation of the sector;
– assessing how the Commission can help to meet those conditions
It will deal with the main topics of the current public debate:
– the future of printed scientific reviews;
– the risks associated with increases in the price of publications in terms of access to information for researchers, open access to research findings for all;
– the need to reconcile authors’ rights;
– the economic interests of publishers.
Every year, 1.5 million scientific articles are published worldwide;
Europe is in the lead with 41.3% of all scientific publications, as regards the number of references however, Europe lags behind in most disciplines.
What is Open Access?
Open Access (OA) means that a reader of a scientific publication can read it over the Internet, print it out and/or distribute it fon non-commercial purposes without restrictions and/or payments. The new
model of OA offers free electronic access to primary scientific research, however the publishing process e.g. research, publishing, archiving, indexing, retrieval and use needs to be further underlined.
Search engines, Institutional Repositories, University Libraries are important OA channels.
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