Important contributions to OA in Europe

There have been some noteworthy contributions to the Open Access (OA) movement in Europe over the past week.

1) In the UK, the government announced that all UK-funded research will be OA within two years. An interesting commentary about this announcement has been provided by Mike Taylor, accessible via the link in his tweet:

2) The Research Councils UK (RCUK) has strengthened its OA policy, summarized here. The announcement is available via the link in this tweet:

3) The the European Commission (EC) has backed calls for OA. See:

and:

4) The European Research Council (ERC) has announced that it will participate in the UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) OA repository service, and that the repository will be rebranded as “Europe PMC” by 1 November 2012. A link to information about this announcement is included in this tweet:

Comment: Will these important contributions to the OA movement give rise to analogous contributions in other nations? I hope so.

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  1. RMS said

    Gold OA must not be too expensive that it will discourage publication of “less interesting” or negative results. How to ensure this?

    And no one seems to have made the distinction that journals like Nature and Science will charge extremely high prices because they have internal (employee paid) “peer review”, rather than the academic-type peer review of most other journals. Will their model remain sustainable?

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