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title 19/09/2014

On September 17 the University of Liège’s Board of Directors decided to strengthen the mandate by which depositing on ORBi is compulsory.

Not only has the procedure for depositing references and documents been consolidated, but so has that concerning the evaluation of dossiers, and in particular publication lists, for any application for a job appointment, promotion or the attribution of credit. In addition it was decided that BICTEL/e, the ULg thesis repository, will very soon be integrated into ORBi.

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title 04/07/2014

20 years have passed since Stevan Harnad (ULg Honorary Doctorate, 2013) published his Subversive proposal. This 1994 call to researchers to self-archive their scientific publications remains one of the most significant benchmarks of a time when researchers began to be aware of the need to take back control of the publication of their own scientific productions.

This anniversary is an opportunity to take stock of the progress which has been made and examine current developments in the subject, discussed in this interview with Stevan Harnad by Richard Poynder. Here, he once again stresses the importance of self-archiving at a time when Open Access Gold (publication by the publisher in Open Access) remains, in the majority of cases, too costly in comparison with the current real costs of publication (Fools Gold).

This interview also highlights the fact that our Open Access model (the Liège model policy) is held up as exemplary: proof that we are on the right road (the green one).

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title 27/05/2014

At the start of 2014, several academic institutions cancelled their subscriptions to documentary resources. Not only to small collections, but to large periodicals held by major publishing houses. During the annual contract renewal process, some publishers increase their annual subscription rates from +9% to +42% in some cases.

Libraries cannot and no longer wish to follow this trend. (see Epidémie de désabonnements aux revues scientifiques).

Open Access offers different options for taking action to fight against this situation, while encouraging the wide dissemination of scientific publications. Whether you are a researcher, a member of an editorial committee, a librarian, and university manager, or a research centre ... Use them!

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ORBi (Open Repository and Bibliography)

In may 2007, the ULg's Administrative Board (joined in June 2007 by the FUSAGx) decided to create an institutional repository and defined a strong institutional self-archiving policy to increase the visibility, accessibility and impact of the University's publications (Board's decision).

This decision led to the official launch, in November 2008, of the ORBi platform including both the Academic Bibliography and the Institutional Repository of the Wallonia-Europe University Academy.

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