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Major German Universities Cancel Elsevier Contracts

"In Germany, the fight for open access and favorable pricing for journals is getting heated."

Consortiums in both Germany and Finland are pushing back against the policies and practices of the large academic publishers who have annual increases that average 5% regardless of the economic climate and cover up to 50-60% of library budgets.

Read the full article at here.


Need help on your OA requirements for FP7 or H2020?

OpenAIRE is offering three webinars to help clear up any confusion on your Open Access obligations in FP7 or H2020.

  1. OA Publications in H2020 - 29 May at 14h00
  2. Open Research Data in H2020 - 30 May at 14h00
  3. Post-Grant OA Pilot for Publications in FP7 - 1 June at 14h00

For full details and to register, please see the event announcement on the OpenAIRE website.


All ORBilu publications are now indexed in a-z.lu

The BUL is pleased to announce that all publications deposited in ORBilu can now be found using Luxembourg's national catalogue www.a-z.lu.  You can simply enter your search terms in the search box and find references in ORBilu.  Click here for an example.

If you only want to search for ORBilu entries, click on the Digital Library tab and select "ORBilu" from the drop-down list.  Click here for an example.

Read the full press release (in French) on the BnL website.

Need more information?  Contact us on orbilu@uni.lu.


DOAB and the de Gruyter Open Access Book Library

de Gruyter has become the most recent sponsor of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), and with this sponsorship, celebrates the launch of the De Gruyter Open Access Book Library. The Open Access Book Library is intended to draw attention to the growing number – and growing importance – of open access books.

Earlier this month, DOAB passed the milestone of 6000 listed OA books. In 2016, the list of OA books grew by over fifty percent for the third consecutive year, and DOAB continues to top the list of referral sites. Starting this year, DOAB is taking part in a European Horizon 2020 project (HIRMEOS), to develop a certification service for OA book publishers. The project will also add new features to DOAB: listing OA chapters of books and automated uploading of OA titles by publishers.


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International Open Access Week is already upon us!

This year’s theme of “Open in Action” is all about taking concrete steps to open up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same.

Open Access Week, a global event now in its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

See the following links for events in our area: France, Belgium, Germany


France’s researchers take back control of their scientific output

In France, the law entitled LA CIRCULATION DES DONNÉES ET DU SAVOIR for a digital Republic was adopted after approval by the Senate.

This law is particularly important for researchers and scientific article author on two aspects:
-  Article 17, which legalizes open access to scientific publications and data, regardless of contracts signed with publishers
-  Article 18bis which allows Text and Data Mining

In particular, Article 17 which focuses on open access, gives a central role to the researcher as author of scientific articles, allowing them to give access to their work in the context defined by the law.
Along with this, the exploitation of the data released in open access by the author is also authorized and regulated.

More information available on the COUPERIN site for open access in France


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OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics.

During the week of October 24-30, join us at lunchtime (12.00 CEST) each day for key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, especially as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond.


  • MONDAY: The fundamentals of Open Science, October 24, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on key themes in Open Science, with Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE, University of Goettingen), Paola Masuzzo (Ghent University) and Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg University).


Open Peer Review Survey

OpenAIRE invites you to participate in a brief survey on attitudes to Open Peer Review.

Your anonymous answers will be made available to the research and publishing communities to inform future innovations in peer review. 

The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and will remain open until Friday 7th October.

Take the survey now: https://www.soscisurvey.de/OPR/