Featuring more than 100,000 references, 60% of which are accompanied by the whole text, it can safely be said that ULg's policy on the subject is bearing fruit.
By means of illustration, and to close this Open Access week on a positive note, here are the results of ORBi in a few figures.
This analysis of effectiveness and the results from ORBi now means we can celebrate its usefulness and the use that has been made of it. It also clears the way for further consolidating the ULg's institutional publications with a view to strengthening the visibility and impact of its researchers' publications.
'ORBi brought me back to life!' This tongue-in-cheek comment from one ULg researcher captures the very positive benefits all researchers can gain from archiving their own work.
As well as providing free and quick access to current information, ORBi also provides a great opportunity to promote hidden treasures, papers that have been buried in lab drawers and hidden in desks.
The Green Road to Open Access consists of submitting the entire text of a publication to an open archive. These are publications which have been through the 'classic' publication process and which then benefit from an additional distribution channel through Open Access platforms.
When signing their publishing contract, authors should ensure they retain their distribution rights. Many authors think they don't have the option of negotiating these rights.
'I sign the contract that the publisher sends me, because I don't want to argue with them'.
However, it is always possible to negotiate a contract, and help exists to assist you with this.
The 7th edition of Open Access Week took place between 21 and 27 October 2013. This was an opportunity to promote free access to scientific information and to recall the reasons for Open Access and its importance in our society.
The points below were inspired by the debate entitled The Future of Open Access which took place on 25 September at ULg.
Initially, the OA movement stemmed from a paradoxical situation noted in the 1990s: at a time when the range of methods for distributing information were increasing at an unprecedented rate and when technology enabled documentation to be accessed in a single click, scientific literature was becoming increasingly inaccessible.
In real terms, the current method of sharing information has, with a few minor changes, remained the same since Gutenberg ... The time has come to revise this method with a view to increasing openness.
And when the law on copyright no longer protects authors but restricts their freedoms, it's time to change it. This was understood in Germany, which changed its copyright law on 20 September 2013.
As we reported previously, Germany revised its law on copyright in order to enable researchers to archive their publications with Open Access under certain conditions.
Nearly 20 years of Open Access! What has become of it? Is it the foundation of a new paradigm of scientific communication? An idealistic illusion? A step too far, or not far enough? Who has really benefited? Researchers, institutions, publishers? Some disciplines to the detriment of others? Compulsory archiving - a good thing or a bad thing? And what about my freedom?
Join in the debate with our guests at the start of the academic year!
The July 2013 edition of the Webometrics World Ranking of Repositories brought us good news. ORBi became the leading Belgian repository in the ranking, coming 33rd in the world out of 1,563 academic repositories. Yet further progress in terms of the previous ranking in January 2013! The same holds for rankings of all types of repositories, including thematic repositories (ArXiv, PubMed Central, etc.) and multi-institutional repositories (HAL, etC.) where ORBi was positioned 47th in the world (out of 1,650) and 20th in the European rankings (out of 738)!
And there is more good news, our partners at the University of Luxembourg joined the rankings with ORBI's little sister, ORBilu which we launched with them on 22 April 2013, and which already ranks 992nd in the world academic rankings!
See also the post from Rector Bernard Rentier on this topic.
With more than 97,600 references, 31,000 of which include their entire text in Open Access, ORBi, the ULg’s bibliography and academic repository has established itself in the Liège and world wide scientific community. As well as being harvested for several years by Google Scholar, OpenAIRE, Base, Driver, Isidore, etc. ORBi content is also now referenced in the Ex Libris Primo Central index.
Will Open Access soon be the norm for publishing publicly-funded research articles? There is every reason to believe so, given the numerous decisions taken by governments, universities and public bodies which fund research. Open Access is gaining ground on both the national and international levels. Beyond the stated desire to publish research documents in Open Access, some countries such as the United States have even gone as far as planning to incorporate this principle into law. This short overview of positions marking the start of 2013 is highly convincing.
In addition to these Open Access mandates and policies, 2013 also saw various stakeholders in the world of publishing taking a stance on current models: the resignation of the editorial committee of the Journal of Library Administration, the emergence of new models of funding OA publications, as well as the creation of the Accelerating Science Award Program to reward scientific advances achieved as the result of OA.