StagePFE

[Rapport ]Exemple de rapport de projet de fin d'etude en anglais


Project Objectives

PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research), supported by the EC eContentplus
programme, has been investigating the potential effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of
authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts (so called Green Open Access or stage-two research output)
on reader access, author visibility, and journal viability, as well as on the broader ecology of European research. The project ran from 1 September 2008 – 31 May 2012.

Peer-reviewed journals play a key role in scholarly communication and are essential for scientific
progress and European competitiveness. The publishing and research communities share the view
that increased access to the results of EU-funded research is necessary to maximise their use and
impact. However, different views are held on whether mandated deposit in open access repositories
will achieve greater use and impact. There have also been differences of opinion as to the most
appropriate embargo periods. 

The lack of consensus on these key issues has stemmed largely from a lack of clear evidence of what
impact the broad and systematic archiving of research outp uts in open access repositories might be.
The intention of PEER was to change this through building a substantial body of evidence, via the
development of an “observatory” operating in real time.

Through the building of a robust infrastructure, which has handled over 53,000 manuscripts, and the
delivery of commissioned research reports in the areas of article level usage, author and reader
behaviours and economics, PEER has generated robust evidence as well as experiences, insights,
and guidance in support of future policy development in the area of Green Open Access.
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