Open Science: Beyond free access

Over the last two years - Open Access has evolved from a niche movement to a true phenomenon - with more than 50% of all scientific output now openly available. Open Access has become a key element in the business models of most scientific publishers and is featured in policies and policy recommendations of many scientific funders - while individual researchers are more and more confronted with the limitations of the traditional toll access publishing models and are at the same time often required to make their research results ‘open’.

But what is ‘Open’? Opinions on what ‘Open Access’ actually entails vary greatly: from the very limiting ‘costless access’ only, put forward by some major publishers, to a liberal ‘open science’ - where almost all access and reuse barriers are removed - and everything in between.

First Inge Van Nieuwerburgh (Ghent University) will set the scene about Open Access from the policy and funder perspective and Bernard Rentier will discuss the succesful Open Access mandate established at Liège University. Then Joe MacArthur from the Open Access Button and Right 2 Research Coalition will talk about student led action and initiatives, and Brian Hole from Ubiquity Press about alternatives for the traditional academic publishing system. There will be plenty of time for debate and questions, so if you want to participate in the discussion, feel free to send remarks and questions to Gwen Franck or tweet them @g_fra


Bernard Rentier

Université de Liège

Affliate Ulg and Chairman of EOS - Enabling Open Scholarship


Brian Hole

Ubiquity Press

Founder and CEO at Ubiquity Press


Gwen Franck

Regional Coordinator Europe Creative Commons | Open Access Coordinator


Inge Van Nieuwerburgh


Open Access Belgium


Joe MacArthur

Open Access Button

Assistant Director of the Right to Research Coalition, Co-funder of the Open Access Button