EUA Open Access Survey Report 2016-2017 tracks European universities’ progress towards Open Access by looking at the degree to which they have implemented institutional policies and practices in the field. The results of the latest survey show the increasing commitment from European universities in implementing Open Access policies for research publications. However, it reveals that progress is much feebler in Open Access to research data.
The findings also highlight the need to further raise researchers’ awareness of Open Access and to create more incentives for Open Science. This could be done by changing research assessment practices and moving away from relying too heavily on the journal impact factor.