Open Access and Conference Papers in Engineering Disciplines

Rovira, Anna and Drößler, Stefan and Yaroshenko, Elena and Hermann, Sibylle and Mescherowsky, Corinna and de Leeuwe, Just and de Castro, Pablo (2022) Open Access and Conference Papers in Engineering Disciplines. CESAER, Leuven (Belgium). (

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In February 2020, CESAER published a position paper expressing its support for further strengthening of Open Science and Open Access in Horizon Europe. The importance of Open Access publishing of conference materials was explicitly mentioned due to its importance to universities of science & technology (S&T). As a follow-up to this position, this paper explores the current workflows around making conference papers in the Engineering disciplines openly available at a number of CESAER Member institutions. Recent initiatives aimed to make Open Access the default scholarly communications standard (e.g. the Plan S initiative) have mostly put emphasis on journal research articles, but conference papers and proceedings are also a key research output at the universities of S&T united in CESAER. This papers explores how large the fraction of conference papers is against the total number of research outputs, how often they are being published Open Access and what actions may be envisioned to increase their accessibility and mid- and long-term visibility.


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