What is the latest news in Sweden in the field of open access?

The National Library’s annual conference about open access and scholarly publishing 2016 is arranged in collaboration with Stockholm University Library, in Aula Magna at Stockholm University.

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger – Stockholm University

Meeting Place Open Access (The MOA conference) is a national conference that brings participants together with a focus on how we can work forward together to increase dissemination and open access to research.

The Chairman of the Program Committee for MOA, Beate Eellend (responsible for the National Library programs OpenAccess.se and publishing), works to promote the development of open access to scientific output. She thinks it is important that all stakeholders in the publishing process cooperate to strengthen open access.

What is the most exciting news in the area of open access in Sweden and Europe today?

In Sweden, the development around open access and open science took a leap forward with the draft on national guidelines for open access to scientific information by The Swedish Research Council, developed in consultation with the National Library of Sweden.

In December 2015 the Ministry of Education invited to a hearing, where the strategic objective that from 2025 all scientific publications and artistic works resulting from research financed with public funds shall be published immediately with open access, was discussed.

Therefore, the theme for the hearing was not whether Sweden should adopt national policies, but about how immediate open access publishing can be implemented and which actors could best collaborate in the transformation from a closed, subscription-based publishing model to open access publishing model.

This implies that the needs, terms and conditions of the scientific communities must be emphasized.

The developments taking place in Sweden is part of a global social transformation where the digitization and the Internet are creating new opportunities and challenges, which has a great influence on the scientific system.

Open Science can be described as a global restructuring that reveals how the digital society transform and challenge the established scientific practices and methodologies, through a desire to make them openly accessible to society. This includes open access and open data as well as open education and open source.

Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, emphasizes that Open Science is expected to lead to more transparency, research integrity, openness, inclusiveness and networked collaboration.

From January 2016 and six months ahead Netherlands holds the EU presidency. They have declared that open science will be one of the priority areas.

Why is there a need for a meeting place for open access in Sweden?

In a digital knowledge society, research is created and disseminated in new ways with new audiences. Research libraries play an important role in this process and there is a need to focus on the different opportunities in the roles and functions of libraries.

The program OpenAccess.se and publishing at the National Library of Sweden has been organizing The MOA conference together with different stakeholders from Swedish universities, for several years.

The conference is a meeting place to exchange experiences where mainly librarians at higher education institutions’ libraries, but also other actors working on the development of open access in Sweden, have the opportunity to discuss and network with each other.

January 18th is the last day to submit the Call for Papers for MOA – What applications would you like to see this year?

This year we open up widely for issues and themes relating to open access. The starting point is open access to research articles but of course open access to artistic works, research data, monographs and alternative forms of publishing are of great interest.

The meaning of open access differs among various academic disciplines and it is of great importance that similarities as well as differences are considered during the conference.

Also, it is important to emphasize that open access not only affects scientific communication within academia but also influences the communication between researchers and the public.

Learn more about MOA 2016 here (note: in swedish).

Beate Eellend (National Library of Sweden). Photo: CC-BY Per Egevald.

Questions written by Stockholm University Library. Reply written by Beate Eellend, National Library of Sweden.

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