The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has drawn up a roadmap for universities that want to stimulate Open Access publications. The LERU Roadmap guides universities in setting up a system to promote free access to academic literature. The University of Amsterdam (UvA), a member of LERU, will consult the Roadmap when it holds discussions with its researchers on Open Access publications.
The Roadmap will be presented in Brussels on Friday 17 June. The Amsterdam University Press, the publishing house of the UvA, which publishes many books and journals simultaneously in paper format and in an Open Access environment, collaborated in developing the Roadmap. This is the first time that LERU, a network of 21 European research universities, has set up a joint initiative in the field of Open Access.
What is Open Access?
Open Access uses the possibilities offered by the Internet to grant the scientific community and general public worldwide free and unobstructed access to articles articles. This is accomplished by recovering the costs of publication not from the users but from other sources, such as the writers of the articles themselves, their affiliated institutions or the financier of the research itself. The aim of the project is to broaden the user base of academic literature and to boost the profiles of its writers.
LERU was set up in 2002 as a network of research universities that share a common view on higher education and European research policy. The alliance advances new initiatives with a view to raising awareness within Europe of the importance of fundamental academic research.