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Universities need to do more to develop institutional policies and strategies that increase access to their peer-reviewed research results to the widest range of users, to maximise the impact and visibility of university research.
This is one of the key recommendations published by the EUAs Working
Group on Open Access. The EUA Working Group on Open Access has members from
14 EU countries, the UK being represented by Stephen Pinfield, Co-Director
of SHERPA. The Working Group aims to raise awareness of the importance of
the open access issues within the university community, both in terms of
its impact upon the research process but also its financial implications
for university libraries.
EUA is recommending that universities across Europe set up an institutional repository (or take part in a shared repository) as a key first step to achieving this goal.
The recommendations were published following a meeting of the EUA Council, which took place before the opening of the EUA Spring Conference at the University of Barcelona.
Further details and the recommendations are available here.