"One of the perks of holding the rotating presidency of the European Union is that it gives a member state a 6-month megaphone to promote its favorite policy ideas. For the Netherlands, which took over the presidency on 1 January, one surprising priority is open access (OA) to the scientific literature. Last week, the Dutch government held a 2-day meeting here in which European policymakers, research funders, librarians, and publishers discussed how to advance OA. The meeting produced an Amsterdam Call to Action that included the ambition to make all new papers published in the European Union freely available by 2020. Given the slow pace with which OA has gained ground the past 10 years, few believe that’s actually possible, but the document is rallying support."
Sunday, April 24, 2016
E.U. urged to free all scientific papers by 2020; Science, 4/14/16
Martin Enserink, Science; E.U. urged to free all scientific papers by 2020: