The present briefing report is another EUA initiative in the field of Open Access (OA) policies, aiming at providing its membership with an informative policy overview. Its overall purpose is to contribute to the further policy discussion at European level by raising awareness of this important topic for research and for research dissemination. Clearly, there is a wealth of information on OA to research publications in books, articles and on the internet, and it was not the objective of this briefing to write a comprehensive review of OA literature at this point. This briefing presents a selection of policy documents and positions on OA to research publications by national and international organisations representing universities, research institutes, scientists and research funders.
It also presents information on the EC’s policy developments and reports on
OA. At the end, the document outlines succinctly the key issues on OA to research publications which, in the view of EUA, are a basis for further reflection and for stimulating dialogue among the academic community, research funders and publishers.