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Petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results

You may sign this petition to register your support for free and open
access to European research and for the recommendations proposed in the
EU's 'Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific
Publication Markets of Europe'.

Dear Commissioner,

Our mission of disseminating knowledge is only half complete if the
information is not made widely and readily available to society.
Berlin Declaration, October 2003

In January 2006 the European Commission published the Study on the
Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets of
Europe. The Study resulted from a detailed analysis of the current
scholarly journal publication market, together with extensive consultation
with all the major stakeholders within the scholarly communication process
(researchers, funders, publishers, librarians, research policymakers,
etc.). The Study noted that 'dissemination and access to research results
is a pillar in the development of the European Research Area' and it made
a number of balanced and reasonable recommendations to improve the
visibility and usefulness of European research outputs.

Now, a year after publication of the Study, we urge the EC to endorse the
recommendations in full. In particular, we encourage you to adopt the
first recommendation as a matter of urgency:


Research funding agencies have a central role in determining researchers'
publishing practices. Following the lead of the NIH and other
institutions, they should promote and support the archiving of
publications in open repositories, after a (possibly domain-specific) time
period to be discussed with publishers. This archiving could become a
condition for funding.

The following actions could be taken at the European level:
(i) Establish a European policy mandating published articles arising from
EC-funded research to be available after a given time period in open
access archives, and
(ii) Explore with Member States and with European research and academic
associations whether and how such policies and open repositories could be

We would recommend that, in accordance with the recent recommendations
from the European Research Advisory Board and the statement of the
European Research Council on Open Access, any potential 'embargo' on free
access should be set at no more than six months following publication.
Research must be widely disseminated and read to be useful. Adopting
Recommendation A1 will immediately ensure the widest possible readership
for EC-funded research, increasing the potential benefits resulting from
the research, and promoting European scholarship both within Europe and
beyond. Evidence is accumulating to indicate that research that is openly
accessible is read more and used more and that open access to research
findings would bring economic advantage across the European Research Area.
The Commission has a unique opportunity to place Europe at the forefront
of the dissemination of research outputs and we encourage you to adopt the
Study recommendations for the benefit of European research.

8754 signatories since January 17th, 2007.

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