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Gathering insights on copyright and open access at Europe academic institutions


This survey forms part of the work done as part of ​​Project Retain, a one-year project led by SPARC Europe as part of The Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) Programme, which aims to promote change in European copyright and support Open Access. The project is funded by the Arcadia Fund. For any questions, please contact Vanessa Proudman at survey@sparceurope.org.

SPARC Europe is calling European academic institutions to complete their survey on copyright for Open Access at research institutions across Europe. The aim of this survey is to understand whether research institutions have put in place policies and support in a number of areas.
In particular, the survey includes questions about the following topics:

  • Copyright of scientific publications – how intellectual property that protects original works of authorship applies to the written outputs of research. Specifically:
    • Whether the initial ownership of copyright is with authors or their employing organisation;
    • What rights are transferred from authors to the publisher.
  • Author rights retention – the extent to which researchers retain rather than transfer control of their published research.
  • Open licensing – the promotion of licences which grant permission to access, reuse and redistribute.
  • Reuse of scientific publications – ensuring that the written outputs of research can be reused by the community as a whole but also by the original author in new contexts.

To complete the survey, please click here. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and should be filled in by end of Friday, 11 November 2022.

Source: SPARC Europe website