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China backs Plan S

The controversial open-access initiative Plan S has been given a significant boost with the backing of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, Research Europe understands.

A position paper that has not yet been published, but which Research Europe has seen, says that the ministry supports Plan S and the general goal of making research papers from publicly funded projects openly available immediately.

“We recognise the urgent need for concrete actions to facilitate open access. It is clear that, through investment in research, for research personnel, and support for libraries subscriptions, government and the society has already paid for content production, peer review, and content distribution of scholarly journals,” the paper, which Research Europe understands is from the ministry, says.

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