[Irtalk] PRESS RELEASE – International Council for Science endorses open access to scientific record; cautions against misuse of metrics — ICSU

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 11:56:24 SAST 2014

n a strong show of support for open access to the scientific record, the
Assembly, which unites representatives of 120 national scientific academies
and 31 international scientific unions, today voted for the statement which
stakes out 5 key goals for open access, and offers 12 recommendations that
pave the road for attaining them.

"Open Access is a key mechanism to support the development of science and
of vital importance to all scientists both young and old," said Prof. John
Ball, who led the ICSU working group that developed the statement. "It is a
powerful tool for creating and validating knowledge, and for supporting
science as a public good, and not as something carried out behind closed
doors," he added.

*The five goals in the statement assert that access to the scientific
record should be free of financial barriers for any researcher to
contribute to; free of financial barriers for any user to access
immediately on publication; made available without restriction on reuse for
any purpose, subject to proper attribution; quality-assured and published
in a timely manner; and archived and made available in perpetuity.*

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