From 22 to 28 October 2012, the 6th edition of Open Access Week is taking place, an opportunity for the international research community to act and exchange ideas and information in favor of Open Access.
The slogan this year, Set the default to Open Access, refers to the objective by which, in ten years time, open access will be the default means of making known and spreading new research, in every domain and in every country.
The University of Liège has once again decided to take active part through a vast OA promotion campaign (video, news, poster campaign, etc.) based on qualitative aspects. There will moreover take place, in Brussels on Monday 22, a study day on the theme of Open Access to Excellence in Research.
Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to remember some of the advantages of OA:
For the researcher and the Institution:
Increased valorization and dissemination of research on a global scale
Strengthening the Institution’s prestige
Boosting of the researchers’ influence and standing
Greater and better visibility for research publications
Indexing of archived documents on the web by an ensemble of search engines
More rapid communication between peers and facilitating the development of networks of experts
Long term preservation of the Institution’s research.
For the user
Open access, free of charge and rapid, to quality research publications
A means of easily following the Institution’s current research news
Access to a basic or advanced research interface, with the possibility of carrying out searches for the integral texts of publications.
ORBi in a few recent figures:
ORBi has 86,000 references, of which 50,000 with at least one integral version, of which 27,000 are available on Open Access
Every reference archived on ORBi is visible on Google 1 hour afterwards
Since its creation in 2008, ORBi has attracted close to 2 million visitors
Since 2012, over 1,400 article downloads are carried out each day
According to the Webometrics ranking of April 2012, ORBi is in 26th place amongst the top global institutional repositories from the point of view of integral versions (33rd in 2011), and, more generally, in 18th place in the top European repositories (27th in 2011) and 39th out of 1435 in the world’s top institutions (46th in 2011).