On the occasion of the opening ceremony of the 27th edition of the Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier, on Sunday October 5, 2014, the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on Bernard RENTIER, the ULg’s outgoing Rector.
This title honours a brilliant career in the field of virology and immunology, but it equally rewards Bernard Rentier’s commitment to Open Access.
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.
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).
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!
ORBi is ranked 34th out of 1746 repositories in the world - across all categories. Another leap up 13 places compared to the last rankings published in July 2013!
In the institutional rankings, ORBi ranks 25th out of 1660 (up 8 places) and 16th in the European rankings.
Encouraging results, especially when we see that of the 1680 institutional repositories, ORBi ranks just behind NASA, HAL, the University of California, Virginia Tech, CERN, MIT, Queensland, Southampton, and Minho...
Benchmarks in the field!
Files submitted to ORBi have broken the two million download barrier!
With more than 2,200 downloads per day, 2013 saw the number of downloads rising from 1 million to 2 million. Impressive growth and visibility which shows no signs of stopping.
Do you want to increase your chances of being seen and downloaded? It's simple, put your papers on Open Access. Documents submitted in Open Access to ORBi are downloaded 30 times more often than those with restricted access.
Whenever researchers stumble across an article which they can't access, it’s an isolated event which remains unreported. But what would happen if we could share all these frustrating moments and expose them, particularly to publishers?
Featuring more than 100,000 references, 60% of which are accompanied by the whole text, it can safely be said that ULg's policy on the subject is bearing fruit.
By means of illustration, and to close this Open Access week on a positive note, here are the results of ORBi in a few figures.
This analysis of effectiveness and the results from ORBi now means we can celebrate its usefulness and the use that has been made of it. It also clears the way for further consolidating the ULg's institutional publications with a view to strengthening the visibility and impact of its researchers' publications.
'ORBi brought me back to life!' This tongue-in-cheek comment from one ULg researcher captures the very positive benefits all researchers can gain from archiving their own work.
As well as providing free and quick access to current information, ORBi also provides a great opportunity to promote hidden treasures, papers that have been buried in lab drawers and hidden in desks.