Tag Archives: Europe

AAP, researchers, deeply concerned about Plan S

(8 November 2018) Earlier this week, a group of nearly 750 researchers from around the world published an open letter expressing serious concerns with Europe’s controversial Plan S. Announced on September 4, 2018, and scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020, Plan S would regulate private sector publications that report on publicly funded research, […]


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Plan S[how me the money]: why academic-led initiatives represent a more equitable, less costly publishing future

(24 October 2018) Plan S, announced last month, represents an exciting example of the scholarly community mobilising to create funding requirements that could lead to an open access future. However, the plan has also raised a number of legitimate concerns, not least the absence of any incentive for publishers to lower journal costs. Brian Cody […]


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Copyright Clearance Center shares “Get Smart About Plan S” panel from Frankfurt Book Fair during International Open Access Week

(23 October 2018, Danvers, Mass.) Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, is sharing results from its “Get Smart About Plan S” program from the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair during International Open Access Week, October 22-28, 2018. Panelists were Tim Britton, Managing Director of the Open Research […]


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At Frankfurt: What is ‘Plan S’ and why are many publishers worried?

(12 October 2018) At a Frankfurter Buchmesse (Book Fair) event on Thursday called “Get Smart About Plan S,” Malavika Legge, acting director of publishing for Portland Press and the Biochemical Society, said, “With Plan S, there has been a lack of consultation, a lack of consideration, a lack of detail, and a lack of time.” […]


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cOAlition S: Making open access a reality by 2020

(4 September 2018, Brussels)  Today, 11 national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission including the European Research Council (ERC), are announcing the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. It is built around Plan S, which was announced at ESOF […]


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European science funders ban grantees from publishing in paywalled journals

(4 September 2018) Frustrated with the slow transition toward open access (OA) in scientific publishing, 11 national funding organizations in Europe turned up the pressure today. As of 2020, the group, which jointly spends about €7.6 billion on research annually, will require every paper it funds to be freely available from the moment of publication. In […]


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Report: Towards a Competitive and Sustainable OA Market in Europe

(21 March 2017) In October 2016,  Research Consulting, within the scope of the OpenAIRE Work Package dealing with the FP7 Post Grant Open Access Pilot (WP5), was commissioned by LIBER to undertake an economic analysis study of the Open Access publishing market: Towards a Competitive and Sustainable OA Market in Europe – A Study of the […]


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EU to let citizens take their digital services across borders

(8 February 2017, Brussels) Negotiations between the EU institutions conclude with agreement that enables consumers to keep access to online content services from home when they travel in the EU. Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the […]


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eBooks can be lent in same way as traditional books, says CJEU

(10 November 2016)  The lending of an electronic book (eBook) can be treated in the same way as that of a traditional book under certain conditions, Europe’s highest court said today. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was ruling on Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken v Stichting Leenrecht, referred by the District Court of […]


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European scientific articles to be publicly accessible by 2020

(27 May 2016) All publicly funded scientific articles will be freely available in Europe by 2020. There will only be a few cases in which the articles will not be available, such as intellectual property rights or security or privacy issues. Michael Kozlowski writes that under the presidency of Netherlands State Secretary for Education, Culture […]


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Next generation library systems in Europe

(4 January 2016) New library systems are being launched, which will deeply affect how libraries carry out their core procedures and tasks. They include the upcoming cloud-based systems of the world‘s largest suppliers Ex Libris and OCLC, and Open Source systems under construction (e.g. Kuali OLE, KoHa). Libraries in countries across Europe and the United Kingdom […]


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Fair copyright for all across Europe

(1 April 2015) In a bid for fair copyright laws that will benefit citizens and researchers across Europe, organisations including the Wellcome Trust, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Open Rights Group have called for much needed reforms. […]


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European Court rules eBooks aren’t goods

(6 March 2015) eBook readers in the European Union will soon have to spend more. An EU court deems eBooks “electronically supplied services” rather than products, preventing them from being taxed at the lower rates print books can. The standard value-added tax (VAT) rates in EU member states varies, but in Luxembourg and France, it’s […]


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New video launched: Libraries Change Lives

On 10 December 2014, Public Libraries 2020 published a 90 second animated video highlighting how public libraries in Europe strengthen communities and help people: Libraries Change Lives. The video was officially launched at the Dutch National Public Library Conference by H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Honorary Chair of the Reading & Writing Foundation and […]


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Searching through historic newspapers from 23 European countries

(3 December 2014) As part of the Europeana Newspapers project, The European Library developed a historic newspapers browser that enables users to perform full text searches in millions of historic newspaper pages. “For the first time in history we have the opportunity to do transnational comparative research on the basis of big data!“ says Toine Pieters, digital humanities […]


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