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OpenAIRE Conference "Enlightenment in the Knowledge Society"

The  OpenAIRE Conference "Enlightenment in the Knowledge Society" will be take place at the Göttingen State and University Library in Göttingen/Germany from 21-22 November 2012. Registration is free, and open at the Conference Webpage.

The conference will present the results of the OpenAIRE project which supports the European Commission’s FP7 Open Access Pilot. It will feature a picture of the open access & supporting infrastructure landscape in Europe and offer views ranging from researcher’s views on scientific information, to the role of data infrastructures, research institutions and funders. This will offer a fitting context to Horizon 2020, where open access will be a general principle for all European research programmes. The programme will also give insight into the OpenAIREplus project, which will link publications to research data, enabling ...



PEER End of Project Conference 29 May in Brussels


The End of Project Confernece of the Project PEER – Publishing and the Ecology of European Research is going to take place on 29 May in Brussels.

PEER, supported by the EC eContentplus programme, has been investigating the effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts (so called Green Open Access or stage-two research output). The project is a collaboration between publishers, repositories, and the research community including funding bodies, which has run since September 2008 and will conclude with this conference at which the final results will be presented and discussed.

As part of ...



Call for Papers: Open-Access-Days 2012

The Call for Papers for the sixth and first time abroad Open-Access-Tage 2012 (Open-Access-Days 2012) has been published. Only one session has been open for submitted presentations the previous years, but this years conference in Vienna will be completely based on proposals. Until May 24th is time to submit abstracts to the program committee. The main language of the conference will be German, but English presentations are welcome.

The Call for Papers name the following themes as focus of the conference: e-Infrastructures for Open Access, Opportunities and Challenges in Data Sharing, <span ...



COAR publishes open letter at Elsevier

During the last weeks the opposition of the Research Work Act has been forming up. The bill is currently for Committee Consideration in the US congress and would prohibit open access mandates for public funded research institutions.

The bill is appointed to the lobby organization Association of American Publishers, but the protest is focusing on the Dutch publisher Elsevier, which publishes over 2600 magazines and is one of the world’s leading scholar publishers. Elsevier is beside the Research Work Capital Act under heavy criticism because of their pricing policy and the sale of magazines in bundles.

Timothy Gowers has announced his boycott of Elsevier in January and started a small ...


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