[Irtalk] New Science Europe Principles on Open Access Publisher Services

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 12:57:57 SAST 2015

*At its General Assembly meeting in Vienna on 15 April, Science Europe’s
members - comprising 50 major public research organisations in Europe -
adopted four new common principles on Open Access Publisher Services.* The
Principles, which were prepared by Science Europe’s Working Group on Open
Access to Scientific Publications, complement the existing Science Europe
‘Principles on the Transition to Open Access to Research Publications’
published in April 2013.

*​1. Indexing*
Journals have to be listed in standard databases like Directory of Open
Access Journals (DOAJ), Web of Science, Scopus or PubMed.[1]
In the case of books, collected volumes, proceedings and other academic
publishing venues, basic technical information and peer review procedures
have to be transparent on the website of the publishing venue.

*2. Copyright and Re-use*
Authors hold copyright of their publication with no restrictions.
All publications shall be published under an open license, preferably the
Commons Attribution CC BY. In any case, the license applied should fulfill
the requirements defined by the Berlin Declaration.

*3. Sustainable Archiving*
Publishers have to make copies of the publication automatically available
in registered third-party repositories immediately upon publication.
Furthermore, authors receive all relevant information and support services
to access the archived publication.

Sustainable archiving of the publication has to be demonstrated by
providing a persistent address where the full content of publication can be
accessed, read and downloaded.

Authors may archive any version of the publication to any registered
third-party repository or website with no delay.

*4. Machine Readability*
Publication full text, metadata, supporting data (whenever published),
citations and the status of the publication as Open Access have to be made
available in a machine-readable form via open standards.2 Moreover,
publishers shall notify authors of any changes occurring in the description
of the structure of the data in a transparent way.​

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