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Publishers denounce France’s open-access bill

France’s digital republic bill has come under fire from publishers, which have branded it a “gravedigger for scientific research in France”.

The bill, which was drawn up in an open online consultation, is now being debated in the National Assembly. The SNE publishers’ union and the specialist press industry association, the FNPS, have reacted angrily to the bill in a statement published on 18 January.

The bill will allow authors of papers on research that has been predominantly funded by the government “to publish freely in digital form, subject to co-authors’ rights, the final version of the manuscript accepted for publication”.

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