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European funders seek to end reign of paywalled journals

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Science  07 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6406, pp. 957-958
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6406.957

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Frustrated with the slow transition toward open access (OA) in scientific publishing, 11 national funding organizations in Europe turned up the pressure this week. As of 2020, the informal group will require every paper resulting from research funded by its members to be freely available from the moment of publication. They will no longer allow the 6- or 12-month delays that many subscription journals now require and will ban publication in so-called hybrid journals. The move means that grantees from these funders will have to forgo publishing in thousands of journals, including some high-profile ones. OA advocates applaud the bold step, but traditional publishers are not pleased.