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Dutch push for a quantum leap in open access

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Science  15 Apr 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6283, pp. 279
DOI: 10.1126/science.352.6283.279

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The Netherlands is using the European Union's rotating presidency, which it currently holds, to promote open-access (OA) to the scientific literature. A 2-day meeting held last week produced an Amsterdam Call to Action that included the ambition to make all new papers published in the European Union freely available by 2020. Carlos Moedas, the European commissioner for research and innovation, favors an ambitious approach as well, and a meeting of Europe's ministers of research, innovation, and industry may adopt ambitious targets next month. The Netherlands is an OA front-runner itself, although some are critical of the country's emphatic choice for Gold OA, in which authors pay publishers to make their papers freely available.

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