‘Gold’ open access (OA) publication is the practical route to achieving sustainable OA, the project partners have agreed at the PEER End of Project results conference in Brussels. ThePublishing and the Ecology of European Research (PEER) project, which will report to the European Commission in July 2012, seeks to provide large-scale, robust research to inform the debate about access to publicly funded research.
The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) welcomes the consensus of the partners, and hails PEER as a successful collaboration.
PEER, supported by the EC eContentplus programme, is a collaboration between publishers, repositories and the research community. The project was a partnership between STM, Fondation Européenne de la Science Association (ESF), Göttingen State and University Library (UGOE), Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG) and Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA).
The project, which has run since September 2008, has been investigating the effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts on reader access, author visibility and journal viability, as well as on the broader ecology of European research, with the aim of informing the evolution of policies in this area.