Declarations in support of OA
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- This is a list of declarations, principles, and public statements in support of open access. It's not designed for statements limited to the positions of individual organizations.
- When possible, please include the date and sponsoring organization(s) or author(s).
- Related lists in OAD: (1) Statements by learned societies and professional associations, and (2) Timeline of the open access movement.
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- June 1964. The Declaration of Helsinki. From the World Medical Association (WMA) for changes in medical research that involve human subjects, in which patients who participate in a medical study "are entitled to be informed about the outcome of the study and to share any benefits that result from it."
- Also see the new version of the Declaration of Helsinki (below, November 2008).
- July 2, 1991. The "Bromley Principles" Regarding Full and Open Access to "Global Change" Data (perma.cc). By Allan Bromley, published in Policy Statements on Data Management for Global Change Research from the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
- February 28, 1996. The Bermuda Principles (perma.cc). From the participants at the International Strategy Meeting on Human Genome Sequencing. The principles assert that "all human genomic sequence information, generated by centres funded for large-scale human sequencing, should be freely available and in the public domain". The U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) adopted the Bermuda principles as policy (perma.cc) for all US-funded research on April 9, 1996.
- Also see the Fort Lauderdale Statement (below, January 2003) and Amsterdam Principles (below, July 2009), reaffirming and extending the Bermuda Principles.
- July 1, 1999. UNESCO WCS Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge (perma.cc). From the World Conference on Science for the Twenty-First Century: A New Commitment. Called for using science to advance peace, progress, development, and societal good. Also see the supplementary documents outlining specific goals.
- July 11, 2000. Draft ministerial declaration of the high-level segment submitted by the President of the Economic and Social Council. From the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The declaration called for "universal access to knowledge and information" (Section 15).
- April 27, 2001. Declaration of Havana Towards Equitable Access to Health Information.
- February 14, 2002. Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). From a meeting convened by the Open Society Institute (Budapest, December 1-2, 2001).
- Also see the reaffirmation and extension of the BOAI 10 years later (below, September 2012), and 15 years later (below, February 2017).
- October 3, 2002. The Montreal Declaration on Free Access to Law. From the Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) participating in the Montreal Law via Internet Conference.
- January 15, 2003. The Fort Lauderdale Statement. Reaffirming and extending the Bermuda Principles from February 1996 (above). From the participants in a meeting sponsored by the Wellcome Trust (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 14–15, 2003.)
- February 26, 2003. The Final NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data was published by the NIH as part of the NIH Guide. The new NIH Data Sharing Policy became effective on October 1, 2003.
- June 20, 2003. The Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing. From the participants at a meeting convened by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
- October 19, 2003. The Beijing Declaration on scientific advancement, openness, and cooperation. From the participants in a meeting of the Third World Academy of Sciences.
- October 22, 2003. The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. From the Max Planck Society and European Cultural Heritage Online.
- March 1, 2005. Participants in the Berlin3 conference issued a recommendation that institutions wishing to implement the Berlin Declaration on Open Access should "require their researchers to deposit a copy of all their published articles in an open access repository" and "encourage their researchers to publish their research articles in open access journals where a suitable journal exists and provide the support to enable that to happen." Such institutions needn't re-word or re-sign the Berlin Declaration, but merely register their commitment and describe their policies.
- December 4, 2003. Access to Scientific Information. From the Interacademy Panel on International Issues (IAP), a consortium of science academies from around the world. The statement endorses some OA initiatives without using the term "open access".
- December 12, 2003. Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action. From the UN World Summit on the Information Society. Explicit, if brief, endorsements of OA.
- January 30, 2004. Declaration on Access to Research Data From Public Funding (esp. Annex 1). From the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and signed by ministerial representatives from 34 nations.
- Also see the subsequent work of the drafters, The Public Domain of Digital Research Data (undated), and Recommendation of the Council concerning Access to Research Data from Public Funding, December 14, 2006.
- February 24, 2004. IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation. From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), adopted December 5, 2003, published February 24, 2004.
- March 16, 2004. Washington D.C. Principles for Free Access to Science. From a 48 group of publishers now known as the DC Principles Coalition. The DC Principles support some forms of free online access, but not OA, and the Coalition often lobbies against national OA policies.
- March 26, 2004. The ALPSP Principles of Scholarship-Friendly Journal Publishing Practice. From the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).
- May 21, 2004. The Campinas Statement on Open Access. From the participants at the 2nd Simposio Internaciaonal Bibliotecas Digitais (II SIBD or International Digital Libraries Symposium) in Campinas, Brazil, on May 21, 2004.
- May 25, 2004. The Statement on open access to scholarly information. From the Group of Eight, Australia's eight leading research universities.
- July 5, 2004. The Göttingen Declaration on Copyright for Education and Research. From Germany's Coalition for Action: Copyright for Education and Research (Aktionsbündnis: Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft).
- July 7, 2004. The Declaración de REBIUN en apoyo del modelo de acceso abierto. From Red de Bibliotecas Universitarias españolas (REBUIN). Also see the declaration in Google's English. Also see the same statement attributed to CRUE (Conferencia de Rectores de Universidades Españolas) rather than REBUIN.
- August 28, 2004. The Declaration from Buenos Aires On information, documentation and libraries. From the participants in the First Social Forum on Information, Documentation and Libraries (Buenos Aires, August 26-28, 2004).
- October 11, 2004. The Scottish Declaration of Open Access. From the Scottish Science Information Strategy Working Group. Signed and released on October 11, 2004, but not made official until March 14, 2005.
- November 4, 2004. The Messina Declaration. From 32 Italian university rectors. A statement of Italian university support for the Berlin Declaration.
- November 19, 2004. The Conservation Commons Statement of Principles calling for open access to biodiversity data and knowledge. From third IUCN World Conservation Congress (Bangkok, November 17-25).
- May 15, 2005. Vienna Declaration: 10 Theses on Freedom of Information. From scholars at Vienna's Universitätslehrgang für Informationsrecht und Rechtsinformation.
- September 23, 2005. The Declaration of Salvador - Commitment to Equity and the Salvador Declaration on Open Access: The Developing World Perspective. From participants at the 9th World Congress on Health Information and Libraries, Commitment to Equity (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, September 20-23, 2005). The first asks governments to promote equitable and open access and the second asks governments to require open access to publicly-funded research.
- December 2, 2005. The São Paolo Declaration in Support of Open Access. From IBICT (Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia). In Portuguese.
- June 25, 2006. The Rio Declaration on Open Access. From the participants in the iCommons iSummit for 2006 (Rio de Janeiro, June 23-25, 2006).
- September 7, 2006. The Declaration of Riyadh for Free Access to Scientific and Technical Information. In Arabic, French, and English. From participants in the Second Gulf-Maghreb Scientific Congress (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 25-26, 2006).
- October 27, 2006. The Declaration of Mexico, recommending open access policies to Latin American universities and governments. From participants in a Mexico City conference.
- November 22, 2006. The Bangalore National Open Access Policy for Developing Countries. From participants in a conference in Bangalore, India, November 2-3, 2006.
- November 28, 2006. Declaration on open access. From the Council of the Rectors of Portuguese Universities. The English version linked here was released in December 2006.
- February 2007. Alouette Declaration. From AlouetteCanada, the digitization and OA project for Canadian cultural heritage.
- February 28, 2007. Research and the Scholarly Communications Process: Towards Strategic Goals for Public Policy: A Statement of Principles, signed by a combination of friends and foes of OA. From the Research Information Network (RIN).
- May 23, 2007. For better development and just access to knowledge in all forms. A sign-on declaration from the German non-profit Netzwerk Freies Wissen (NFW).
- June 23, 2007. The Kronberg Declaration on the Future of Knowledge Acquisition and Sharing. From the UNESCO High Level Group of Visionaries on Knowledge Acquisition and Sharing.
- 5-6 December, 2007. The Dongdok Statement on Access to Information for Development (Dongdok SAID). Created at the Workshop on Managing Digital Resources held at Dongdok, Vientiane in Laos. Declared the importance of commitment to open information and data in area of governance.
- January 22, 2008. The Cape Town OER Declaration. Originated from a meeting coordinated by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and Shuttleworth Foundation in September 2007. This Declaration lists 2796 international signatories, from both individuals and organizations, promoting access to education via open educational resources.
- Also see the 10 year anniversary reflections in March 2017, below.
- January 30, 2008. The Belgorod Declaration on open access to scientific knowledge and cultural heritage on the university area of border regions of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. (Also in Russian.) Also see the action plan accompanying the declaration. (Also in Russian.)
- March 26, 2008. The Atlanta Declaration for the Advancement of the Right of Access to Information. From participants in a global conference at the Carter Center.
- June 16, 2008. The Seoul Declaration. From Civil society organizations participating in the OECD 2008 Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy.
- June 25, 2008. Open Access Erklärung. From the University of Hannover.
- September 25, 2008. Brisbane Declaration. From the participants in the Open Access and Research Conference 2008.
- October 13, 2008. Wheeler Declaration. From the participants in the 2008 Students for Free Culture conference.
- November 2008. New version of the Declaration of Helsinki. Updating the original from 1964. From the World Association of Medical Editors.
- February 1, 2009. The Reclaim The Commons Manifesto. From the participants at the World Social Forum (Belem, Brazil, January 27 - February 1, 2009).
- February 11, 2009. The Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship. From a meeting of law library directors at Duke Law School in Durham, North Carolina, in November 2008.
- March 5, 2009. The Kigali Declaration on the Development of an Equitable Information Society in Africa. From representatives of the parliaments of 27 African countries and four intergovernmental organizations.
- May 2, 2009. The Student Statement on The Right to Research (Right to Research Coalition). From the American Medical Student Association, Student PIRGs, Students for Free Culture, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, California Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council, and Trinity University Association of Student Representatives.
- May 8, 2009. The Bamako data sharing code of conduct (first draft). From participants in the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health (Bamako, Mali, November 17-19, 2008).
- June 12, 2009. The Olvio Declaration. From the rectors of 26 Ukrainian universities.
- July 6, 2009. The Amsterdam principles on sharing proteomics data, updating the Bermuda principles (see 1996, above). Arising from a 2008 conference (International Summit on Proteomics Data Release and Sharing Policy, Amsterdam, August 14, 2008), but apparently not published until July 2009.
- September 10, 2009. The Toronto Statement on pre-publication data sharing. From participants in the Toronto International Data Release Workshop (Toronto, May 2009).
- September 10, 2009. The Rome Agenda on data and resource sharing. From participants in the CASIMIR meeting on Data Sharing in Mouse Functional Genomics (Rome, May 20-22, 2009).
- November 6, 2009. The Singapore Declaration on Equitable Access to Health Information in the Western Pacific Region. From the participants in the Joint Meeting of the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) and the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM) (Singapore, November 4-5, 2009).
- November 27, 2009. The Manchester Manifesto. From philosopher John Harris, Nobel-winning biologist Sir John Sulston, and 48 others from the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) at The University of Manchester. Also see iSEI's related web site, Who Owns Science?
- February 2010. The CIARD Manifesto: Towards a Knowledge Commons on Agricultural Research for Development. From CIARD (Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development).
- February 19, 2010. The Panton Principles for Open Data in Science. From Peter Murray-Rust, Cameron Neylon, Rufus Pollock, and John Wilbanks. Some background.
- May 14, 2010. The Alhambra Declaration. From the participants in the meeting, Open Access to Science Information: Policies for the development of OA in Southern Europe (Granada, May 12-14, 2010). Also see the announcement (May 28, 2010).
- May 19, 2010. The Manifesto for the Digital Humanities. From the participants in THATCamp (Paris, May 18-19, 2010). Points #9 and #10 call for OA.
- October 27, 2010. Participants at a meeting sponsored by CODATA International and the South African National Research Foundation (Stellenbosch, South Africa on October 24-27, 2010) released the Cape Town Declaration on the importance of open data in research. (Don't confuse this with the Cape Town Open Education Declaration from January 2008, above.)
- November 11, 2010. The Bogotà Declaration. From the institutional partners in Project NECOBELAC (representing six countries in Europe and Latin America), and the participants in a NECOBELAC training course (Curso internacional de formación de capacitadores NECOBELAC, Bogotà, November 9-11, 2010).
- February, 2011. The Ghent Declaration. From four participants at the meeting to launch OpenAIRE (Ghent, December 1, 2010) and released in February 2011. The authors are Gregor Hagedorn, Frederick Friend, Jean-Claude Guédon, and John Willinsky.
- May 23-24, 2011. The Rome Declaration on CRIS and OAR. From the 2nd Workshop on CRIS, CERIF, and Institutional Repositories: Integrating Research Information: CRIS & OAR (Rome, May 23-24, 2011).
- September 8, 2011. The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. From participants in the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (Washington D.C. August 25-27, 2011).
- 2012. Cost of Knowledge. "Boycott of Elsevier by many mathematicians (and other academics)."
- April 11-12, 2012. The Joint Declaration on Open Science for the 21st Century. From ALLEA (All European Academies, The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities) and The European Commission. "A call to scientific communities and their institutions to make decisive steps towards open science and innovation as a means to accelerate the discovery of solutions for the Grand Societal Challenges."
- June 22, 2012. The Paris OER (Open Educational Resources) Declaration. From the UNESCO World OER Congress. Calling participating governments to openly license publicly funded educational materials.
- September, 2012. The Aachen Declaration From the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Medizinisches Bibliothekswesen (AGMB) (The Annual Meeting of the General Medical Library Association, Germany).
- September 12, 2012. Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative: setting the default to open. A reaffirmation of the 2002 Budapest Open Access Initiative (above), 10 years later, with new recommendations for the next 10 years.
- Also see the reaffirmation of the BOAI 15 years later (below, February 2017).
- October 26th, 2012. Croatian Open Access Declaration. From the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) of The University of Zagreb. Presents benefits of open science with an emphasis on preservation and sustainability. Declaration based on Budapest Open Access Initiative, Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, Budapest Declaration on the Right of Access to Information, and IFLA Statement on open access.
- October 22, 2012. Brussels Declaration on Open Access. Signed by Paul Magnette, Ingrid Lieten, and Jean-Marc Nollet as an expansion and reiteration of Belgium's commitment to Open Access for publicly funded research following the country's earlier signing of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access in 2007. English and French translations are available here.
- December 13, 2012. League of European Universities (LERU) Statements on Open Access and Open Research Data. Is composed of two separate statements, one on open access scholarship and one on open research data. Both provide advocacy for the necessity of open access and declare commitment to open access scholarship and data.
- December 16, 2012. Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). Initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology together with a group of editors and scholarly journal publishers. Developed a set of recommendations to improve the ways scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties.
- February 6-8, 2013. The Tasman Declaration. From the inaugural New Zealand Australia Open Research Conference.
- April 2013. Science Europe Principles on Open Access to Research Publications. "Science Europe is committed to playing a role in accomplishing the transition to Open Access as quickly as possible, in an efficient and sustainable way, and thus avoiding unnecessary costs. This transition process must be as co-ordinated and transparent as possible." The principles were updated in May 2015.
- June 2013. The Scottish Open Education Declaration. From the Open Scotland Summit. Supports the creation and use of open educational resources in agreement with the 2012 Paris OER Declaration and the European Commissions Opening Up Education Initiative. Declaration derived from the 2012 Paris OER Declaration.
- June 17-18, 2013. G8 Lough Erne Declaration. From the The UK Prime Minister's Office as part of the 2013 G8 Summit.
- August 7, 2013. Declaration of Transparency For Each Research Article. From the British Medical Journal (BMJ). This editorial by the BMJ calls for every published record to be an unbiased, accurate representation of research to promote access and innovation.
- October 22, 2013. The Declaration on Open Data. From the Global Open Data Initiative. Calls to advance open government data. Blog post announcing the declaration is available here.
- 2014. Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles. From FORCE11, a group devoted to the "future of research communication and e-scholarship."
- April 7, 2014. The Grey Literature and Policy Development: The Pisa Declaration. From a seminar on open access and grey literature hosted by INIST-CNRS, ISTI-CNE, OpenAIRE, and GreyNet International.
- May, 2014. Independent Peer Review Manifesto. Created by OpenScholar C.I.C.. Manifesto presents strategies toward achieving open peer review. Manifesto is undated, first signatures added May 19th, 2014.
- May 16, 2014. Pisa Declaration on Policy Development for Grey Literature Resources. From a forum in Italy organised by GreyNet. Calls for greater recognition of Grey literature in view of open access to research, open science, innovation, science-based strategies and knowledge transfer.
- May 23, 2014. LIS Open Access Declaration. From Informed, a blog for library and information professionals to discuss information issues. Signatories of the petition pledge to make all of their work open access when possible, in support of the Budapest Open Access Initiative and the IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation.
- May 30th, 2014. Declaración del Buen Conocer. Contained in book Buen Conocer / FLOK Society, presented at the Buen Conocer Summit in Quinto, Ecuator, in connection to the FLOK Society. Focused on supporting open knowledge in 14 identified areas, including open education, science, culture, and government.
- June 9-12, 2014. Bouchout Declaration. From The Bouchout Declaration for Open Diversity Knowledge Management. Promoting free access to digital data about biodiversity. Sponsored by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme and coordinated by Plazi.
- August, 2014. The Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. Drafted by IFLA and 600+ strategic partners in the library and development community.This Declaration calls for Member States of the United Nations to make an international commitment to use the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda to ensure that everyone has access to information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.
- September, 2014. Journal Editors' Transparency Statement (JETS). From Data Access & Research Transparency. Calls for leading journals to commit to greater data access and research transparency.
- September 29, 2014. LIBER Statement on Enabling Open Science. From LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries). Calls for European Commission to take action and support enabling Open Science.
- November 21, 2014. Rome Declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe. Approved by "the participants and organisers of the conference "Science, Innovation and Society: achieving Responsible Research and Innovation" held in Rome on 19-21 November 2014 under the auspices of the Italian Presidency". Focused on supporting research and innovation, including set of action items and comment on openness of information. Based on 2009 Lund Declaration and 2013 Vilnius Declaration.
- December 9-10, 2014. The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age. Created by international experts coordinated by LIBER. Declaration includes set of principles and action items supporting information access and knowledge discovery, signed by 766 organizations and individuals. Revision to original declaration scheduled for May 6th, 2016.
- February, 2015. OCSDNET Open Science Manifesto. Created by Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network. Sets out 7 principles in pursuit of making science more inclusive globally because voices outside of North America and Europe often tend to be shut out or lost.
- April 23, 2015. Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics. From experts, Diana Hicks, Paul Wouters, Ludo Waltman, Sarah de Rijcke, and Ismael Rafols. Proposed 10 principles to guide research evaluation. Published in Nature.
- May 19-22, 2015. Incheon Declaration. Adopted by participants of the World Education Forum 2015 hosted in Icheon, South Korea, coordinated by UNESCO, "UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women and UNHCR". Declaration in connection to Education 2030, supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
- May 23-25, 2015. Qingdao Declaration. From the International Conference on ICT and Post-2015 Education coordinated by UNESCO. Outlines how technology may be used to achieve educational targets for equity, access, quality and lifelong learning in sustainable development goals. Includes three Education 2030 action items for proposed UNESCO review.
- July 1, 2015. Baoding Declaration: Global Consensus in a Digital Age. Addresses findings of the G8 Open Data Charter, including four proposals focusing on the internet and big data to ensure human productivity and the information economy. Published in China Daily.
- August 14, 2015. Cape Town Declaration. Pan-African commitment of government ministers to support libraries, information technology, "copyright laws to facilitate access to information for all," African Library and Information Association and Institutions (AFLIA), etc. Inspired by Charter for African Cultural Renaissance and by Africa Agenda 2063.
- August 26, 2015. Manila Declaration on the Availability and use of Health Research Information in and for Low-and Middle-Income Countries in the Asia Pacific Region. "Agreed at the joint conference of APAME (Asia Pacific Association of Medical Editors) and COHRED (Council on Health Research for Development)."
- September, 2015. International Open Data Charter. By the Open Data Charter's Global Multi-Stakeholder Action Network. Declaration outlines the benefits of open data, including six guiding principles. Adopted by 20 local and national governments, and endorsed by 28 organizations.
- October 20-21, 2015. Daejeon Declaration on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policies for the Global and Digital Age. Created at the OECD Ministerial Meeting in Daejeon, South Korea, coordinated by the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy. Focused on support in the areas of science, technology, and innovation, including support for open science.
- November 9-10, 2015. CLACSO's Declaration on open access to knowledge managed as a commons by the scholarly community. By the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) XXV General Assembly in Medellin, Columbia. Focused on promoting Open Access through set of guiding principles.
- December, 2015. The Lund Declaration 2015. Created at conference Lund Revisited 2015, building on The Lund Declaration 2009. Focused on promoting national and international research and innovation including emphasis on openness and set of priority actions aimed at solving societal issues and challenges.
- 2016. Policy statement on F.A.I.R. access to Australia's research outputs. Calls for implementation by publicly funded researchers and organizations by 2020. Written by a working group coordinated by the Universities Australia Deputy Vice Chancellors (Research) Committee.
- March 2, 2016. Global Open Science Hardware Manifesto. The GOSH Declaration was published by a group of researchers, scientists, and others from a number of institutions across Europe, including the University of Cambridge and the University of Geneva, who gathered at CERN in 2016 to create the declaration. Focused on improving access to scientific tools and technologies.
- March 14, 2016. Dakar Declaration on Open Science in Africa. Declaration "prepared for and signed by the participants to the Sci-GaIA Workshop on “Promoting Open Science in Africa”, to the 2nd TANDEM Workshop and to the WACREN Conference 2016" hosted in Dakar, Senegal. Declaration focused on supporting Open Science in Africa.
- March 14, 2016. Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Access. Declaration created by the 2016 E.U. Open Science Conference. Calls for increased open access to science in order to for science to be more inclusive and accessible to new users. Includes 12-step plan with goal of reaching full open accessibility for scientific publications in Europe by 2020.
- March 21, 2016. OA2020 Expression of Interest in the large-scale implementation of open access to scholarly journals. Signed by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Institute of Health Carlos III, etc.
- April 26-28, 2016. Munyonyo Declaration. Statement on improving public health and understanding by sharing information, promoting literacy, and developing professional standards in Uganda by researchers, librarians, policy makers, and other stakeholders.
- May 9, 2016. Joint COAR-UNESCO Statement on Open Access. A reassertion of commitment "to advance the Open Access agenda within the broader context of sustainable development through optimal resource sharing" by UNESCO and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). Declaration focused on reducing costs, supporting smaller institutions and developing countries, and moving away from the international publishing industry.
- May 13, 2016. Dakar Declaration on Open Access. Declaration published by Electronic Information for Libraries as a part of the Fourth Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) conference on Electronic Publishing. Focused on Open Access Publishing in Africa and the Global South.
- May 19, 2016. Chania Declaration. A vision statement released during Open Harvest 2016, with the goal of developing a cohesive framework for e-infrastructures for 'agricultural research, extension and development.'
- June 15, 2016. The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century. Published by the "Open Access and Scholarly Communicaton" working group of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA). Focused on twelve separate open access principles to which the Network has made commitments.
- July 19, 2016. Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers. Declaration published by 10 young-career scientists as part of a discussion with ministers from the 28 EU member states and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries about supporting young researchers. Focused on recognizing and enriching "the special role that young researchers play" in the European Union.
- September 26, 2016. Launching New Public-Private Partnership And Announcing Joint Declaration On Leveraging Open Data For Climate Resilience. Creation of the Partnership for Resilience & Preparedness (PREP) as an effort to advance access to climate data and information worldwide. Focused on "public-private collaboration among Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, private-sector companies, and civil-society organizations ... to enable sharing and learning on the availability and use of data and information for climate resilience."
- September 30, 2016. New Delhi Declaration on Education. Statement of continued commitment to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all," as dictated by the SDG4, from the meeting of BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—Ministers of Education. Also dictates intent of country-specific implementation of SDG4 principles, discussion of need for best practices, encouragement of university involvement, and plans for open access framework, among other related points.
- October 28, 2016. Bologna Open Recognition Declaration. A call for a universal open architecture for the recognition of lifelong and lifewide learning achievements issued by a coalition of academic stakeholders during the meeting of the ePortfolio and Identity Conference in Bologna.
- Decmber 2-3, 2016. Sarajevo Declaration on Integrity and Visibility of Scholarly Publications. The goal of this declaration is to upgrade standards of editing and publishing scholarly journals across Balkan and Mediterranean countries; ti increase transparency and promote ethical research.
- December 6-7, 2016. Declaration of Morocco on Free Educational Resources-OER Morocco Declaration. Developed during the Forum of the Strategy of Free Educational Resources in Morocco and building on the UNESCO Declaration on OER in Paris in 2011 and on the initiative of the European Commissions on the Openness of Education, this Declaration calls on the Moroccan authorities and all sectors of Moroccan education to approve a list of recommendations with the goal of promoting and developing open educational resources.
- December 13-15, 2016. Lingshui declaration of GLAST. Released by a plenary session with contributions from country representatives and chaired by the GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) Secretariat at a conference organized by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science and supported by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and CGIAR, states "Efforts should be made to share data, information, knowledge, and skills to enhance application-oriented agricultural R&D; and to promote extension and rural services in those regions".
- December 30, 2016. OGP Paris Summit Declaration. Outlines 21 collective actions in which governments can take part to encourage open government globally. Also see the summary of those 21 actions.
- January 1, 2017. Mallorca Declaration on Open Science. This declaration addresses the key barriers to Open Science, and builds on previous statements concerning Open Science. EUROPEAN COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe Budapest Open Access Initiative Open innovation, open science, open to the world A vision for Europe.
- January 10, 2017. A manifesto for reproducible science. Statement from Springer Nature pledging to adopt measures to optimize key elements of the scientific process including methods, reporting and dissemination, reproducibility, evaluation and incentives (because) improving the reliability and efficiency of scientific research will increase the credibility of the published scientific literature and accelerate discovery.
- February 14, 2017. 15 years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative. A reaffirmation of the 2002 Budapest Open Access Initiative (above), and its 10-year anniversary statement in 2012 (above).
- February 17, 2017. The Brussels Declaration on Ethics and Principles For Science and Society Policy-Making. Adopted at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. Result of a 5-year study seeking to examine the science behind policy-making. With a 20-principle plan, it calls for transparency, trust, public dialogue, public engagement, and "open quality assurance".
- March 2017. Capetown Open Education Declaration After 10 Years. Results of a meeting in Cape Town 10 years after the original 2007 meeting (which released its declaration in January 2008, above), to reflect on the previous 10 years and set direction for the next 10 years.
- March 1-3, 2017. The Santa Barbara Statement on Collections as Data. Initiated during an Institute of Museum and Library Services national forum at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Provides a set of high level principles to guide collections as data work.
- April 27, 2017. Open Data Manifest. From Bitkom, of Germany, an industry association of "more than 2,500 companies in the digital economy."
- April 30, 2017. A Manifesto for Open Science in Giftedness Research. Describes open science practices that will increase the rigor and trustworthiness of gifted education’s scientific processes and their associated findings.
- May 18, 2017. World Health Organization Joint statement on public disclosure of results from clinical trials. "The signatories of this joint statement affirm that the prospective registration and timely public disclosure of results from all clinical trials is of critical scientific and ethical importance Furthermore timely results disclosure reduces waste in research, increases value and efficiency in use of funds and reduces reporting bias, which should lead to better decision-making in health."
- June 1, 2017. Open and Collaborative Science Manifesto. Video describes 7 principles identified by OCSDNet, after consultation with scientists, practitioners, and activists, that are essential for a more open and inclusive science in development.
- June 12, 2017. Berlin Appeal for Open Science sent to decision-makers - Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB). Outlines five recommendations for actions on how scientific institutions can help to advance and promote open science.
- July 10, 2017. EOSC Declaration (European Open Science Cloud). Proposes that stakeholders of open science in European Commission member states actively support OA implementation and development of the cloud.
- August 7, 2017. De-Centering and Recentering Digital Scholarship: A Manifesto by Carolyn Moritz, Rachel Smart, Aaron Retteen, Matthew Hunter, Sarah Stanley, Devin Soper, Micah Vandegrift of Florida State University Libraries.
- August 31, 2017. Statement: First Consortium Assembly from Ibero-America and the Carribean. From Consorcios de Iberoamerica y el Caribe.
- October 2017. EUA Statement on Open Science to EU Institutions and National Governments (European University Association). "EUA has several key messages for EU Institutions and for National Governments" on policy, legislation, infrastructure, funding, etc.
- October 10, 2017. Jussieu Call for Open science and Bibliodiversity. Outlines eight recommendations for open science and the infrastructure needed for its future. Accepts institutional signatures.
- November 15, 2017. Washington Principles on Copyright Balance in Trade Agreements. Drafted during meeting sponsored by American University's Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Global Expert Network on Copyright User Rights.
- November 21, 2017. OpenAIRE2020 Turkish Workshop Declaration. Drafted during 6th National Open Access Conference in Izmir.
- December 15, 2017. Declaration of Mexico in Favor of the Latin American Non-Commercial Open Access Ecosystem. "Joint Declaration by Latindex-Redalyc-Clacso-Ibict on the Use of CC By-NC-SA License to Guarantee Protection of Academic and Scientific Open Access Output."
- February 2, 2018. University of North Texas Manifesto: Expectations for Vendors of Library Collections, Appendix G: UNT Collection Development Open Access Content Manifesto.
- February 14, 2018. Delhi Declaration on Open Access. This declaration is aimed at scientific communities, scholarly societies, publishers, funding agencies, universities and research institutions in India and South Asia to promote openness in science and research communications and to support Open Access.
- February 19, 2018. Tempe Declaration Extending Access to Information through Offline Internet.
- April 13, 2018. Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication by the University of California's Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC)
- May 2018. Open Data in Science in Europe: Statement by the European Members of the International Council for Science.
- May 29, 2018. YERUN Statement on Open Science. From Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN).