10. September 2013 / Matthias Schulze

A coordinated approach is key for open access

Beitrag des FWF-Präsidenten in "Nature"

Der Präsident des "FWF - Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung", der zentralen Einrichtung zur Förderung der Grundlagenforschung in Österreich, Prof. Dr. Christoph Kratky, hat in einem Beitrag für "Nature" (500, 29. August 2013) die aktuelle Lage von Open Access analysiert. Er spricht von den Erfolgen der letzten Jahre, nennt aber auch die Probleme, Herausforderungen und Lösungen. Ein Auszug:

"Much progress has been made. The number of OA publications is on the rise, as is their reputation. Innovative OA concepts such as the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and BioMed Central have been established, some of which have proved economically viable. Countries such as the United Kingdom and disciplines such as high-energy physics have set their sights on moving to OA. And the European Commission plans to impose OA requirements on publications based on research funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme. Yet despite this progress, a worrying imbalance remains between the efforts of research funders (including organizations that perform research), which can act only at a local level, and big publishing houses, which act globally. As a result, countries and institutions have different OA policies and behaviours that form a confusing patchwork. Some have explicit OA policies; others do not. Some require; others recommend. Some offer funds to pay for OA costs; others do not. Some have opted for ‘gold’ OA, which demands that publishers make papers freely available; others prefer ‘ green’ OA, which allows researchers to archive the work."

Wichtig aus seiner Sicht sind vor allem grenzüberschreitende Positionen und Programme. Der komplette Beitrag findet sich unter dem untenstehenden Link.

"A coordinated approach is key for open access"

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