The publication and dissemination of scientific outcomes is part of the backbone of scientific activities. In general, the conditions for publishing and publication usage in recent years have become more cumbersome, and prices have rocketed sky high. A more efficient use of public research funds and swifter scientific progress could be achieved by opening access (OA) to research outcomes.
Achieving full open access to scientific publications and data by 2020, as the Amsterdam Call for Open Science stated in 2016, requires concerted efforts by all stakeholders and political support at European and national levels. The work of EUA, namely the outcomes of EUA’s Open Access surveys between 2014 and 2017 and the Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science, has shown that universities are in need of further guidelines regarding the implementation of open access, both at strategic and at operational levels.
In order to support its membership in this transition period towards OA, EUA takes a step forward in its EUA Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications, by providing an updated vision and recommendations for turning OA into reality by 2020.