In April, EUA published its 2017/´18 Open Access Survey Report, continuing a series started in 2014. Based on responses from 321 universities in 36 countries, the survey provides data and statistics on the number of universities with Open Access policies, on the proportion of research publications – and data sets – in open source repositories.
The conclusions of EUA deserve special attention:
- Most universities still lack the instruments, targets and timelines to monitor and implement their policies adequately.
- Universities need mandatory policies from the EU framework programmes and national governments (= external reward and punishment incentives) to drive the process.
- Awareness among researchers is considerably lower than among librarians.