Nowadays, European universities pay publishers significant parts of their university budget. Hundreds of millions of euro’s. Money which is not directly spent on research and education, even though it is largely taxpayers´ money. As Harvard University already denounced in 2012, many large journal publishers have rendered the situation “fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive”, with some journals costing as much as $40,000 per year (and publishers drawing profits of 35% or more). “Christmas is over”, says Prof Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General LERU (League of European Research Universities). With this statement “Moving Forwards on Open Access“, LERU calls upon all universities, research institutes, research funders and researchers to sign this statement and give a clear signal towards the European Commission and the Dutch EU Presidency.


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LERU Statement for the 2016 Dutch EU Presidency

Nowadays, European universities pay publishers significant parts of their university budget. Hundreds of millions of euro’s. Money which is not directly spent on research and education, even though it is largely taxpayers´ money. As Harvard University already denounced in 2012, many large journal publishers have rendered the situation “fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive”, with some journals costing as much as $40,000 per year (and publishers drawing profits of 35% or more). If one of the wealthiest universities in the world can no longer afford it, who can? It is easy to picture the struggle of European universities with tighter budgets. In addition to subscription costs, academic research funding is also largely affected by “Article Processing Charges” (APC), which come at an additional cost of €2000/article, on average, when making individual articles Gold Open Access. Some publishers are in this way even being paid twice for the same content (“double dipping”)

Is this how the EU envisions access to the results of academic research?

“Christmas is over”, says Prof Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General LERU: “I call upon the European Commission and the forthcoming Dutch EU Presidency to work with all stakeholders and bodies involved, to bring sensible solutions to the fore.”

In the era of Open Science, Open Access to publications is one of the cornerstones of the new research paradigm and business models must support this transition. It should be one of the principal objectives of Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the Dutch EU Presidency (January-June 2016) to ensure that this transition happens. Further developing the EU´s leadership in research and innovation largely depends on it.

With this statement “Moving Forwards on Open Access“, LERU calls upon all universities, research institutes, research funders and researchers to sign this statement and give a clear signal towards the European Commission and the Dutch EU Presidency.

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  1. I’d like to take the responsibility to inform that the most comprehensive representative body for Universities at the European level is EUA (European University Association). Other organisations, like LERU (or the Coimbra Group), exist and act as self-selected subsets of Institutions, in order to fulfil specific objectives; however they provide a service of general interest for the sector, irrespective of the individual Universities that are affiliated to them.

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