... [A] number of journals that use the open access model of publishing met at the University of Edinburgh in August 2009. Attendees included representatives of the following online journals: [Note: omitting list of 5 British OA law journals.] ...
The objective of the meeting was to establish a group that would represent European open access journals and act as a means of communication and support between them. This document offers a rationale for such a group, and provides a list of basic governing principles that we hope to use as the foundation for increasing its membership and activity. ...
The OLG is intended to be a formal and expanding community which represents the interests of open access journals and the free utilisation of high quality scholarship. The advantages of membership in such a group are myriad, as evidenced by the suggested remit of the OLG, which is to facilitate:
a means of communication and cooperation amongst open access journals;
enhancement of open access to sound technical advice and support;
joint projects such as workshops and conferences directed both at the open access movement and, more generally, at scholarship supported by it; and
better support and standard-setting in the open access environment.
The formal structure and constitution of the OLG will be decided at a future European Meeting to which all relevant journals will be invited. ...
Gavin Baker at 12/15/2009 07:02:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.