OA2020 Mission

The overall direction of the OA2020 initiative is outlined by the

Expression of Interest in the Large-scale Implementation of Open Access to Scholarly Journals

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Building on the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and on the progress that has been achieved so far, we are pursuing the large-scale implementation of free online access to, and largely unrestricted use and re-use of scholarly research articles.

We recognize and endorse various ways of implementing open access (OA), including the development of new OA publishing platforms, archives and repositories. In scholarly journal publishing, OA has gained a substantial and increasing volume. Most journals, however, are still based on the subscription business model with its inherent deficiencies in terms of access, cost-efficiency, transparency, and restrictions of use.

To gain the full benefits of OA and enable a smooth, swift and scholarly oriented transition, the existing corpus of scholarly journals should be converted from subscription to open access. Recent developments and studies indicate that this transition process can be realized within the framework of currently available resources.

With this statement, we express our interest in establishing an international initiative for the OA transformation of scholarly journals, and we agree upon the following key aspects:

  • We aim to transform a majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to OA publishing in accordance with community-specific publication preferences. At the same time, we continue to support new and improved forms of OA publishing.
  • We will pursue this transformation process by converting resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds to support sustainable OA business models. Accordingly, we intend to re-organize the underlying cash flows, to establish transparency with regard to costs and potential savings, and to adopt mechanisms to avoid undue publication barriers.
  • We invite all parties involved in scholarly publishing, in particular universities, research institutions, funders, libraries, and publishers to collaborate on a swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large.

Specific steps and milestones for the transformation process shall be outlined in a roadmap to be further developed in the course of this initiative. We see the initiative as one element of a more profound evolution of the academic publishing system that will lead to major improvements in scholarly communication and research evaluation.

The following 50 parties have signed the Expression of Interest or otherwise formally declared their endorsement:

Open Access IndiaIndia2016-05-20
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)International2016-05-12
Radboud University, Nijmegen Netherlands2016-05-10
University of KasselGermany2016-04-27
Technische Universität BraunschweigGermany2016-04-26
Stiftelsen Riksbankens JubileumsfondSweden2016-04-22
JiscUnited Kingdom2016-04-22
FinELib consortiumFinland2016-04-20
Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamNetherlands2016-04-19
Wikimedia NorgeNorway2016-04-13
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)Austria2016-04-06
Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH)Chile2016-04-01
Bielefeld UniversityGermany2016-03-31
ANKOS (Anatolian University Libraries Consortium)Turkey2016-03-28
National Library of KoreaSouth Korea2016-03-24
Swiss National Science Foundation SNSFSwitzerland2016-03-23
German Society for Pre- and Protohistory (DGUF)Germany2016-03-23
European Geosciences Union (EGU)International2016-03-22
University of OsloNorway2016-03-21
University of BergenNorway2016-03-21
UKB (Dutch consortium of the thirteen university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands)Netherlands2016-03-21
UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø Norway2016-03-21
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Seoul National University Library (SNU Library)South Korea2016-03-21
Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social SciencesVatican City2016-03-21
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesNorway2016-03-21
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)Netherlands2016-03-21
National Library of Sweden Sweden2016-03-21
National Institute for Agronomic Research (INIA)
Max Planck Society (MPG)Germany2016-03-21
Leibniz Association
KISTI (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information)South Korea2016-03-21
Institute of Health Carlos IIISpain2016-03-21
Helmholtz AssociationGermany2016-03-21
German Rectors′ Conference (HRK)Germany2016-03-21
German National Academy of Sciences LeopoldinaGermany2016-03-21
German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)Germany2016-03-21
Geological Survey of Spain (IGME)Spain2016-03-21
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG)Germany2016-03-21
Foundation TelethonItaly2016-03-21
Foundation for Science and Technology FCTPortugal2016-03-21
European University Association (EUA)International2016-03-21
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)Germany2016-03-21
Denmark′s Electronic Research Library (DEFF)Denmark2016-03-21
Current Research Information System In Norway (CRIStin)Norway2016-03-21
CODESouth Korea2016-03-21
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)Austria2016-03-21
Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)Netherlands2016-03-21
Alexander von Humboldt FoundationGermany2016-03-21