NORFACE Open Access Policy: Several News Open Access Publications this Year

As the NORFACE Network Board has reasserted at its Meeting in Ljubljana 11-12th April 2017, NORFACE has an Open Access Policy, and investigators are highly encouraged to publish in open access publications, and to purchase open access rights to the extent that their budgets will permit. This was communicated to all researchers in the WSF network through the May 2017 WSF Newsletter #5.

It is thus very much welcomed that several projects have published articles this year that can be read without purchasing access privileges. All WSF publications that are open access can be found on the Open Access section on our website.

Contributions include a paper by HEALTHDOX researcher Björn Rönnerstrand, together with Victor Lapuente, on corruption and use of antibiotics in regions of Europe. Their results support previous findings in the literature linking corruption to higher antibiotic use at cross-national level.

Terje Eikemo, Clare Bambra, Tim Huijts and Rory Fitzgerald of project HiNEWS have published an open access article on the results of their European Social Survey Rotating Module on the Social Determinants of Health. In this article, they present some of the opportunities that the module provides for advancing research into explaining the distribution and aetiology of social inequalities in health in Europe.

Project MobileWelfare has produced two open access articles this year: Sónia Pereira, together with Alina Esteves, analyzes the effects of the economic crisis on the labour market situation of immigrants in the case of Brazilians in Portugal, and Igor Jakubiak provides an overview over the state of the art and research challenges in the area of migration and welfare systems.

Two further contributions come from TransJudFare researchers, who have published open access articles on EU integration and free movement. Michael Blauberger and PL Susanne Schmidt comment on the European Court of Justice and its political impact, while Anita Heindlmeier and Michael Blauberger analyze free movement of EU citizens in practice and how European Court of Justice case law regarding intra-EU migration is applied by EU member state administrations.

Maarja Saar of project TRANSWEL, together with Russell King, Aija Lulle and Violetta Parutis, has taken a closer look at Young Baltic graduates in London through the theoretical lens of London as an ‘escalator’ region for career development.

Last, but not least, WelfSOC PL Peter Taylor-Gooby has commented on the impact of Brexit on UK welfare politics. His open access article uses a double crisis approach which distinguishes two kinds of challenge confronting modern welfare states: long-term structural problems and short-term difficulties resulting from policy choices which affect the success with which the long-term issues can be addressed.