20 July 2017 University of California Academic Council Affirmation in Support of OA2020
In a letter to the UC President Janet Napolitano, the University of California Academic Council and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication has affirmed the alignment of the UC Senate’s Open Access Policy with the OA2020 Initiative and expressed their support of “all efforts by UC campuses to promote Open Access to scholarly research, both in the service of the University’s Open Access mission and in the service of similarly-oriented global missions such as OA2020.”
The endorsement also makes reference to the OA2020 Roadmap developed by the UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCSF which fittingly reflects the unique publishing preferences of these institutions while fully in alignment with the OA2020 principles of embracing all possible OA models and strategies toward the overall goal of transforming today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access. Read the full article here.
03 July 2017 Max Planck Digital Library OA2020 Transformation Workshop – 12-14 September 2017
Given the strong interest expressed by institutions around the world, MPDL is offering an intensive workshop Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 September, 2017 on the strategic and practical approaches adopted at the MPDL in the transition to Open Access. Covering topics such as data analysis, strategic planning, negotiation strategies, transitional agreement management and workflow efficiencies, the workshop is designed to provide librarians with the skills to create and implement their own OA2020 Transition Roadmap in support of the large-scale transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription-based (paywall) to open access. There is no registration fee for the workshop, but participants will be asked to provide for their own travel and accommodation. The workshop is hands-on and places are limited, so interested librarians are asked to contact Colleen Campbell ( for further details. If you would like to participate in the workshop but the dates are not feasible, please let us know, as we are planning further workshops and we will be happy to keep you informed.
22 March 2017 University of California libraries sign EoI and launch local OA2020 site
22 March 2017 Declaration of support for OA2020 from the European Commission, announced on the 13th Berlin Open Access Conference, 21-22 March 2017, Berlin
08 March 2017 13th Berlin Open Access Conference, 21-22 March 2017, Berlin: Live streaming of Day 2 (9:00 h – 15:15 h CET). The recordings are available here.
08 March 2017 13th Berlin Open Access Conference, 21-22 March 2017, Berlin: Registration closed
16 Januar 2017 13th Berlin Open Access Conference, 21-22 March 2017, Berlin: Registration open
26 September 2016 German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) supports OA2020
8 September 2016 Editorial by Ralf Schimmer in Research Europe, 8 September 2016: “Open-access target offers publishers a survival plan”
30 June 2016 Liber Annual Conference 2016 in Helsinki (29 June – 01 July 2016): video recording of Ralf Schimmer’s talk on “Initiatives for the Large-Scale Transition to Open Access”
01 June 2016 Copernicus Publications endorses Open Access 2020
12 May 2016 Letter of support for the Open Access 2020 initiative by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
23 April 2016 Blog of Jeffrey MacKie-Mason published on “Economic thoughts about ‘gold’ open access”
12 April 2016 Info bulletin of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria: “IST Austria supports OA2020 initiative”
07 April 2016 “Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science”, an outcome of the Dutch Presidency conference on Open Science in Amsterdam (04-05 April 2016). This paper covers the topic of open science in Europe and emphasizes open access being a prerequisite. Recommending similar action items as stated in the OA2020 Roadmap, the authors “Formulate a clear pan-European target: from 2020 all new publications are available through open access from the date of publication.”
31 March 2016 Info bulletin of the Maastricht University Online Library: “Open Access: the standard model of publishing”
24 March 2016 Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) news:  “The SNSF has signed the Open Access 2020 initiative“ 
24 March 2016 Comment on the OA2020 initiative by the DGUF, one of the EoI signatories. Also available as German version/deutsche Version.
23 March 2016 European Geosciences Union (EGU) news: “EGU now a signatory to Open Access 2020, a new initiative to boost open access“
22 March 2016 “open“ statement “Dutch support for OA 2020 – The initiative“
22 March 2016 The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) calls for support of the “Expression of Interest in the Large-scale Implementation of Open Access to Scholarly Journals“ initiated by the Max Planck Society
21 March 2016 “Statement of the ERC Scientific Council on the Berlin “Expression of Interest in the Large-scale Implementation of Open Access to Scholarly Journals“ (21 March 2016)
21 March 2016 European University Association (EUA) press release in reference to the Expression of Interest
21 March 2016 MPG press release on the launch of the OA2020 initiative for the large-scale transition to open access