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Options floated to progress open access

The European Commission should consider tightening requirements for open-access publication under Horizon 2020, a report has suggested.

The idea is presented as one of three steps the Commission could take to accelerate changes to publication practices in a report of a workshop held in October. Rules could be changed to prohibit the publication of research with publishers that do not subtract the revenue generated by article processing costs for open-access publishing in a given journal from subscription fees for that same journal, the report suggests.

Another possibility the Commission could consider is launching a competition for seed funding for experiments with open-access publishing models, the report states. “The Commission could consider creating an innovation fund and calling for projects to bid for the funding to help them to develop and grow towards helping the Commission reach its goal of open access,” it says. It cites the Open Library of Humanities—a platform for spreading article processing costs across libraries—as an alternative open-access model that required seed funding to establish itself.

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