Timeline 2005

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  • 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.
  • March 5, 2005. SPARC officially launched its Author's Addendum to help authors modify publishing contracts and retain the rights they need to authorize open access.
  • March 18, 2005. The Open Access Scientific Publishing Committee of the Finnish Ministry of Education issued a report (in Finnish) endorsing open access and making recommendations for nationwide support and adoption. There is an English-language abstract.
  • June 2005. The Russell Group, representing 19 major research universities that receive 60% of the research grants in the UK, issued a statement endorsing open access.
  • August 16, 2005. Springer created the position of Director of Open Access and appointed Jan Velterop, former publisher of BioMed Central. Springer became the first major commercial publisher to have such a position.
  • September 8, 2005. Universities UK, representing all UK universities, issued a statement endorsing open access and the draft RCUK open-access policy.
  • September 15, 2005. CalPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group) endorsed open access.
  • December 1, 2005. The Ukrainian Parliament adopted a resolution identifying open access as a national priority (Ukranian text, English summary).
  • December 14, 2005. Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) introduced the American Center for CURES Act of 2005, which would mandate open access to publicly-funded medical research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research.
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