European Commission Nudging Publishers On Open Access

Earlier this week Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas issued a joint statement with the Dutch Minister for Secretary of State for Education, Culture and Science about open access for research funding in the European Union.  The Dutch will hold the presidency of the EU in the first half of 2016, and the country has its own open access policy for government funded research.

Besides encouraging publishers to support open access publishing in their journals, the Minister and the Commissioner support the efforts of groups like the League of European Research Universities (LERU) to encourage business models for journals that support open access.  The simultaneous release of the statements from the politicians and the advocates suggest there will be a concerted push to encourage more open access research – which is required under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program – in early 2016.

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