ERCIM Statement on Open Access

ERCIM researchers have an interest in Open Access both as producers and consumers of research publications, and as developers of technology to enable and sustain open access.

Recognising the inability of research libraries to meet the costs of sustaining their collections, and participating actively in the development of appropriate technology, ERCIM has followed with interest the developments in Open Access from the Budapest Declaration through the Bethesda Declaration to the Berlin Declaration and events since. ERCIM member organisations have been involved in dialogue with national libraries, research funding agencies, commercial publishers, learned societies and government departments. ERCIM supports the following principles:

ERCIM has for many years made available digitally its publications and other materials. ERCIM pioneered a pilot project demonstrating homogeneous access to heterogeneous technical reports. ERCIM has many years experience in the technology through the DELOS projects and Network of Excellence (, and is at the leading edge integrating appropriate open access technology with GRIDs via the DILIGENT project ( Individual ERCIM organisations have researched many aspects of the technology required for open access.

It is now agreed that the member organisations of ERCIM which do not already have an open access policy will adopt these principles and implement them.