Science Europe publishes new principles on Open Access Publisher Services
At its General Assembly meeting in Vienna on 15 April 2015, the members of Science Europe, the Brussels-based association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO), adopted four new common principles on Open Access Publisher Services. The Principles had been prepared by Science Europe’s Working Group on Open Access to Scientific Publications and complement the existing Science Europe "Principles on the Transition to Open Access to Research Publications", which were published in April 2013.
According to Science Europe, the new Principles aim at setting minimum standards for Open Access publishing services provided by scholarly publishers. They should help to "ensure scholarly and technical quality and cost-effectiveness of Open Access-related services in all fields".
The four new common principles cover the minimum expected services from publishers when providing payments/subsidies for Open Access venues and concern indexing, copyright and re-use, sustainable archiving, and machine readability.
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