Publications on Open Access: investigation in the French-speaking Community of Belgium

The Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique (BICfB) is studying, at the request of the Rectors of the Universities in the French-speaking Community of Belgium and the F.R.S.-FNRS, the development of Open Access in French-speaking Community of Belgium.

They in particular wish to obtain insight into the active involvement of the teachers and researchers of their institutions (as an editor in chief, member of an editorial board, peer-reviewer, etc.) in the life of academic and scientific journals on Open Access, or at the least freely available on the web (including the most recent issues).

The enquiry is open up until March 31, 2012.

title 08/03/2012

Alma Swan interviews Stevan Harnad after BOAI 10 in Budapest.

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title 27/01/2012

The enormous and sumptuous profits raked in by scientific and academic publishers are regularly commented on by the international research community. In the article entitled 'The enormous profits of STM scholarly publishers', Heather Morrison, with figures to back up her argument, once again illustrates their indecent nature:

  • Elsevier: 36% of net profit (after taxes), in other words €864 million out of sales figures of €2.386 million
  • Springer Science + Business Media: 33.9%, or €294 million out of revenue of €866 million
  • John Wiley & Sons: 42%, or €80 million out of an income of €193 million

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title 10/01/2012

The end of 2011 highlighted the remarkable growth of various Open Access initiatives set up on an international scale, as is emphasised by Heather Morrisson, the author of the blog, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

Some striking indicators:

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title 10/11/2011

The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP) presents a snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world.

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title 28/10/2011

According to numerous studies based on the very exhaustive Open Citation Project, Open Access leads to a significant increase in the number of times a reference is cited (between 2.5 and 5 times than is the case for a paper article).

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title 27/10/2011

Immediate and barrier free access to the latest research results is essential. Today over 20% of the whole of the worldwide academic and scientific literature is already available on Open Access: 8.5% through journals which are on open access and 11.9% via institutional repositories (Björk, 2010). Figures which are constantly rising !

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title 26/10/2011

More and more publishing are adopting a policy which favours Open Access, and are authorising the depositing of publications on open access on an institutional repository such as ORBi, at the minimum the final author version accepted for publication (author postprint).

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title 24/10/2011

From October 24 to 30, 2011, the 5th edition of Open Access Week is taking place. This event is the opportunity for the international research community to exchange ideas and act in favor of Open Access. This year the University of Liège has decided to participate actively by being behind various initiatives, including the interview with researchers closely connected to ORBi and Open Access.

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Already over 40,000 references with integral versions on ORBi!

That thus means that over 6 out of 10 references available on ORBi come with at least one document in an integral version!

An important fact which needs be pointed out is that amongst these integral text documents we are witnessing a constant increase in the proportion of those which are deposited on Open Access (OA).

Around 44% in the first months following ORBi being up and running, this ratio has climbed constantly to reach 57.4% for the year 2011 (the average since ORBi was launched is 50.3%).

And that is an encouraging sign of ULg authors becoming more aware of the philosophy and advantages of Open Access, all the while respecting each author’s rights.

And it is also of huge benefit to the authors in terms of visibility as, since the beginning of 2011, we are now seeing over 1000 downloads per day being carried out (after having excluded access gained by research engine robots and spiders)! And that includes weekends, public days-off and every type of holiday!