25 October 2021 | Report

The new university Open Access checklist

This checklist is a guide for universities that wish to further develop their Open Access activities. In recent years, the scholarly publishing system has become much more complex and dynamic. The Open Access landscape has also changed dramatically. Universities, researchers, research funders and national consortia have all taken important steps in the transition towards Open Access, but the reality is still that full Open Access is far from being a ubiquitous reality.


This checklist aims to support universities in their efforts to build capacity and further develop their Open Access activities. It includes an à la carte approach, whereby institutions can consider the goals and actions that make most sense in their particular context and for their specificities. The checklist covers three main goals: 1) Empowerment, through high-level policies and strategies; 2) Capacity building, through libraries and negotiating consortia; and 3) Reinforcement of existing structures, through academic community-driven infrastructures. Each goal includes a variety of possible actions, their respective rationale, proposed activities, expected impact and potential pitfalls.

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