EUA publishes Open Access Survey Report 2016-2017 and launches 2017-2018 survey

The European University Association  (EUA) has published its Open Access Survey Report 2016-2017 and is launching the 2017-2018 Open Access Survey. The Open Access Survey tracks universities’ progress towards open access by looking at the degree to which they have implemented institutional policies and practices in the field.

Since its inception in 2014, the initiative has collected input from 400 different institutions across Europe, providing EUA with the basis for a series of recommendations in 2017: EUA Statement on Open Science to EU Institutions and National Governments, Recommendations to University Leaders on Open Access to Research Publications and on Research Data Management and Text and Data Mining.  

Already in its third edition, the 2016-2017 survey gathered responses from 338 universities and higher education institutions from 39 European countries.

The results of this survey show the increasing commitment from European universities in implementing Open Access policies for research publications. Nearly three out of four institutions have a repository. And seven out of ten institutions’ repositories are aggregated by OpenAIRE. However, it reveals that progress is much feebler in open access to research data.

To quote from the survey:

“The following questions remain unsolved and pertinent:


  • How to engage researchers in new methods and tools based on open science in a quicker and more globalised way;
  • How to speed up regulatory processes to ensure a higher degree of fairness and simplification in terms of copyright, text and data mining and open access to research data;
  • How to control the costs of accessing publications (pay to read and/or pay to publish), especially counting on the expectation that an increase in the number of open access journals should lead to a decrease in the cost of subscriptions;
  • How to increase fairness in the evaluation of scientific papers;
  • How to transform research assessment (and thus the management of researchers’ careers) by departing from the hypocrisy of the journal impact factor.”



To keep this effort rolling, EUA invites members to participate in the 2017-2018 edition. The revised version features more simplified questions and some news ones, for example on research assessment. Participants have until 30 March 2018 to complete the questionnaire.

Background: The EUA Open Access Survey series is an integral part of EUA’s work in this policy area and is developed in collaboration with the Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science. The findings inform EUA’s work in policy dialogue at the European level to strengthen the support to European universities in implementing Open Access and Open Science policies.

The European University Association (EUA) is the representative organisation of universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries.

Gwen Franck

Open Access Programme Coordinator at EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries / Open Access Project Officer at LIBER - Association of European Research Libraries

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