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Science funders plunge into publishing

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Science  31 Mar 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6332, pp. 1357
DOI: 10.1126/science.355.6332.1357

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The European Commission, which spends more than €10 billion annually on research, may set up a “publishing platform” for the scientists it funds, in an attempt to accelerate the transition to open-access publishing in Europe. If so, it would follow in the footsteps of two other major funders. In November 2016, the Wellcome Trust launched its own publishing platform, Wellcome Open Research; on 23 March the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation followed suit with Gates Open Research. Both opted for a system operated by F1000, a U.K. company, in which papers are reviewed after publication. A spokesperson says the European Commission is “considering” the idea and that the two charities are “models.”