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Funders can transform publishing, EU advisers say

Research funders can and should lead the way in making academic publishing open, affordable and fair, a group of advisers to the European Commission has said.

“Funders are uniquely positioned to further develop strong and aligned policies and requirements that ensure that all research outputs they support are openly available to all and everywhere with no barriers whatsoever,” the expert group on the future of scholarly publishing and scholarly communication said in a report published on 30 January.

“In addition, they are in the position to affect the shaping of a fair system for scholarly communication services, whereby research is made openly available at costs that are cost-efficient to paying parties within a transparent system,” it continued.

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