Re: The EC Petition and the EC Poll

From: Leslie Carr <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 16:06:16 +0000

On 14 Feb 2007, at 09:28, Velterop, Jan, Springer UK wrote:

> Is this really what was asked: "Are you FOR or AGAINST open access to
> research results?" If that is so, the result is dismal. It means that
> 14% of the self-archiving mandate's specific target constituency is
> *against* open access!

The question was asked in the context of the EC Proposed mandate.
The contents of the email are reproduced here:

> In January 2006 the European Commission published the Study on the
> Economic
> and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets of
> Europe. The
> Study resulted from a detailed analysis of the current publication and
> dissemination of scholarly research findings, together with extensive
> consultation with all the major stakeholders within the scholarly
> communication process (researchers, funders, publishers, librarians,
> research policymakers, etc.). The Study noted that 'dissemination
> and access
> to research results is a pillar in the development of the European
> Research
> Area' and it made a number of recommendations to improve the
> visibility and
> usefulness of European research outputs, foremost among them being
> 'Recommendation A1':
> "Establish a Europea policy mandating published articles arising
> from EC-funded research to be available after a given time period
> in open access archives"
> You can find the report from the Study at
> publication-study_en.pdf
> I am commissioned by a consortium of national bodies to explore the
> overall
> view of the research community on open access to research results. The
> consortium consists of The Joint Information Systems Committee
> (JISC, UK),
> the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DGF, Germany), The SURF
> Foundation
> (Netherlands), The Royal Danish Electronic Library (DEFF, Danmarks
> Elektroniske Fag- og Forskningsbibliotek, Denmark) and SPARC
> Europe. To help
> me with this investigation, please would you record your views by
> clicking
> on one of the options below. We will not be recording your name or
> contact
> details in connection with any response you give and we will not
> contact you
> again about this issue:
> I am on balance against open access to research results:
> I am on balance in favour of open access to research results:
> Thank you for giving your view.
> If you wish to add your support to a petition in favour of open
> access,
> sponsored by the consortium detailed above, please read on:
> In the wake of the publication of the report from the "EU Study on the
> Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication
> Markets of
> Europe" a consortium of organisations working in the scholarly
> communication
> arena is sponsoring a petition to the European Commission to
> demonstrate
> support for Open Access and for the recommendations in the report.
> Signatures may be added on behalf of individuals or institutions.
> Please register your support for Open Access in this way. To sign the
> petition, please go to
> On behalf of the sponsoring organisations, thank you for your help
> with this
> exercise.
Received on Wed Feb 14 2007 - 17:06:05 GMT

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