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PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) aims to support the European Commission’s Recommendation to Member States of July 2012 that they develop and implement policies to ensure Open Access to all outputs from publicly-funded research.  

PASTEUR4OA will help develop and/or reinforce open access strategies and policies at the national level and facilitate their coordination among all Member States. It will build a network of centres of expertise in Member States that will develop a coordinated and collaborative programme of activities in support of policymaking at the national level under the direction of project partners.

PASTEUR4OA/Latest News

  • PASTEUR4OA’s Knowledge Net embedded within OpenAIRE

    PASTEUR4OA and OpenAIRE are delighted to announce that PASTEUR4OA’s Knowledge Net activities to support the development and alignment of open access policies in Europe will continue as the Knowledge Net is integrated into the OpenAIRE infrastructure from September 2016. As the PASTEUR4OA project draws to a close, this will ensure the ongoing sustainability of its vital activities within one of Europe’s major Open Science e-infrastructures.

    The Knowledge Net was developed in the context of the FP7-Funded policy-support project PASTEUR4OA to facilitate knowledge transfer and support po read more...

  • The Knowledge Net
    One of the main aims of the PASTEUR4OA Project was to establish, nurture and build a sustainable future for a network of expert organisations across Europe that could continue the project’s OA (Open Access) policy work after the end of the funding period. This network is called the Knowledge Net.
    The Knowledge Net is composed of an expert organisation in each country that has the authority and expertise to engage with policymakers, provide them with information, share best practices and offer guidance and advice where appropriate. These Knowledge Net member o read more...
  • PASTEUR4OA Toolkits for Research Performing Organisations and Research Funders to Develop Open Access Policies and Strategies

    Supported by the European Commission (EC) under its 7th Framework Program, PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) project aims to help Member Nations develop policies to ensure open access to publicly funded research output.

    As part of the project, a strong advocacy program has been developed.  Over 50 advocacy materials (c. 450 pages) covering various aspects of Open Access (OA) have been issued.  Among them are the two toolkits, one for read more...

  • New at Open Science policy making? PASTEUR4OA offers a starter kit
    If recent developments in the realm of Open Science show anything, it’s that ‘opening up’ research is here and it’s here to stay. 
    The PASTEUR4OA project has played a small but crucial part in this process of transforming open science from a niche issue (remember the time when only 8% of articles were openly available) to the new standard in academics. ‘Open Access’ is no longer limited to providing access to journal articles. The standard is now Open Science - and with it comes the expectation that all publicly funded research should be available online for read more...


  • South East Europe Meeting for Research Funders, April 2016

    The second Regional Workshop of South East Europe will take place in Istanbul on 1 April 2016. The workshop (by invitation only) will welcome research funders from Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, FYROM, Serbia and Turkey. As this is a group of countries in the process of developing Open Access policies, the workshop will assist them in the formulation of Open Access policies aligned with Horizon 2020 and the European Commission 2012 recommendation through presentations and group work. Advocacy resources tailored to the needs of research funders of the region will consist a further key component read more...

  • North Europe Meeting of Research Performing Organisations and Research Funders, March 2016

    The Key Nodes of the Nordic region will host a workshop in collaboration with NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen on the 17th of March 2016. The workshop is aimed at research funders and  the major universities and research preforming institutions from the Nordic countries.

    The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for discussion of Open Access and Open Data policies, alignment and monitoring. It will also act as a meeting place for research funders and institutions.