excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
in favor of "Open Access" to Scientific Information are
now included in the Declaration of Principles and the Plan of
Action. On behalf of the Civil
Society working group on Scientific Information, and the world Open
Access movement, we thank all the states for their appreciation, and
specifically the states
that at various stages of the negotiations took care of our
propositions on the floor: Fiji, Australia, Croatia and Kenya. Open
Access has now been clearly identified as a win/win proposition
to bridge the digital divide.
countries are expected to make significant savings while developing
countries may access their vast body of knowledge.
Open Access academic journals in transition countries would become
more known and visible. Since the Berlin declaration, last October,
more and more scientific
organizations and agencies are supporting officially
to Open Access is now spreading over traditional boundaries, as the
World Federation of Engineering Organization is now also supporting
is clear that Open Access is going have a significant long
termpositive impact on technological development everywhere.
expect that the Summit recommendations are going to substantially
accelerate this trend, over all the spectrum of the society, all
over the world.
first action, within the spirit of the next phase of this Summit, is
to call all states, research agencies, philanthropic foundations,
private companies, all those who are funding research that is
reported in scientific journals
to ensure that authors effectively publish their works in Open Access
journals. As a matter of fact, why should they subsidize indirectly
subscription-based publishers ?
action is to implement practical programs and mechanisms to provide
financial supports to Open Access and Open Archives initiatives and
to build up Open Access infrastructures.
but not least, we would appreciate moral support at the highest
possible level to make a call to the conscience of all scientists
for the benefits of all humanity. We look forward for your support