ALLEA Workshop: Ethical aspects of Open Access: A Windy Road

Date: 1 February 2018 |  Location: Academy Palace, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels

Organised by the ALLEA Permanent Working Group Science & Ethics and hosted by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts










About the workshop

Facilitating access to research is a shared interest of the academic community: Open Access enables researchers to present their results more easily, opens up opportunities for researchers and institutions who cannot afford to subscribe to scientific journals, and allows for an easier use of publications in the class room. But there are also unintended consequences. In some cases the costs have to be paid by individual researchers or institutions who cannot do so. Furthermore, it has led to an increase of predatory journals, retractions, and fake editors. How are these problems to be dealt with, or rather, how can the opportunities be maximized and the threats minimized? These questions will be addressed at this workshop, which involves eminent experts from different parts of the world and from all relevant sectors involved in or affected by the on-going debate on open access publishing.


After the 2003 Berlin declaration, organizations financing research increasingly require that the results of publicly funded research are published in open access form. Since then, the topic has been widely discussed and more recently was integrated into the Open Science agenda of the European Commission, where it sits alongside topics of Open Data and Open Source among others. Many of these issues will be covered during a workshop on “Open Data in Science: Challenges and Opportunities in Europe” (follow the link for ICSU registration), organised by the European members of the International Council for Science in partnership with ALLEA on 31 January in Brussels. Despite this general attention on Open Science, a multitude of aspects of Open Access, particularly its caveats deserve a closer examination, on which this workshop will focus.