Cedefop formally adopted in May 2020 a policy to support the use of the open access principle for the dissemination of vocational education and training research results free of charge and without restrictions, in Europe and internationally.

Over the past few years, the significance of open access as a publication model in the field of academic and scientific research has grown enormously. Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel underlines that ‘if you want to be a relevant player in research for policy-making, if you want to be part of the discussion, open access to your research is the only option.’

The Agency’s new Regulation (in force since 2019) states that ‘Cedefop shall enhance and disseminate knowledge, provide evidence and services for the purpose of policy-making, including research-based conclusions, and shall facilitate knowledge-sharing among and between Union and national actors.’

Cedefop will ensure that all work carried out by its expert staff as part of their official duties will be included in the open access repository, which will be available in the web portal soon. All publications will be made directly accessible under the 4.0 CC open licence, with the adoption of the Creative Commons licence in line with the European Commission’s reuse policy (Article 6 of Decision 2011/833/EU).

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