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LINGUIST List 18.295

Fri Jan 26 2007

FYI: Researcher Support for Open Access to Research

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        1.    Stevan Harnad, Researcher Support for Open Access to Research


Message 1: Researcher Support for Open Access to Research
Date: 25-Jan-2007
From: Stevan Harnad <harnadecs.soton.ac.uk>
Subject: Researcher Support for Open Access to Research


Dear Colleagues,

The European Commission, the European Research Advisory Board and the European Research Councils have recently each recommended adopting the policy of providing Open Access to research results:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/science-society/pdf/scientific-publication-study_en.pdf
http://ec.europa.eu/research/eurab/pdf/eurab_scipub_report_recomm_dec06_en.pdf

http://erc.europa.eu/pdf/open-access.pdf

(Very similar recommendations are also being made by governmental research organisations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Asia.)

There are non-research interests strongly lobbying against these recommendations, so a display of support by the research community is critically important. A consortium of European organisations working in the scholarly communication arena is now sponsoring a petition to the European Commission to demonstrate support for these recommendations on the part of the European and worldwide research community.

Please visit the site below to learn more, including ways you and your organisation can offer support.

http://www.ec-petition.eu/

The sponsoring organisations are JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee, UK), SURF (Netherlands), SPARC Europe, DFG (Deutsches Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany), DEFF (Danmarks Elektroniske Fag- og Forskningsbibliotek, Denmark).

Many thanks and best wishes,

Stevan Harnad
Chaire de recherche du Canada
Ctr. de neuroscience de la cognition
Université du Québec à Montréal
Montréal, Québec
Canada H3C 3P8

Professor of Cognitive Science
Dpt. Electronics & Computer Science
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton
SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
http://www.crsc.uqam.ca/
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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