Bas Savenije, General Director of The National Library of the Netherlands, Chair of SPARC Europe
“The past decade the Open Access movement had gained considerable momentum. To make Open Access the prevailing model for scholarly communication we need a transition to new business models for journals. Not only publishers but also research funders can play a decisive role is this.”
Iryna Kuchma, EIFL OA Project Manager
"There are significant economic, social and educational benefits to making research outputs available without financial, legal and technical barriers to access. Open access incorporates national research into an interoperable network of global knowledge, increases national research impact, provides new research partnerships, and removes professional isolation. It strengthens economies through developing a strong and independent national science base. There is growing evidence that countries also benefit because open access increases the impact of the research in which they invest public money and therefore there is a better return on investment. Society as a whole benefits because research is more efficient and more effective, delivering better and faster outcomes for all."
Jan Hagerlid, Swedish National Library
"Open Access essentially concerns the accessibility of national research publications and thus fits very well with other tasks of national libraries in a digital environment, like running national bibliographic services, handling legal e-deposit and providing long term access to digital documents."
"The political battle for open access is won! There is now clear policy support from all kinds of organizations within the research community and increasingly also from governments. On the ground the traditional model still dominates, but the open access share is growing quickly and we are getting closer to a breaking point."
Karin Ludewig, Humboldt University, Member of ENCES Executive Board
"Knowledge and information in their digital forms should be made available to everyone from everywhere and at any time under fair conditions. This is particularly true in science and education, where access to knowledge and information is indispensable."