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Publishing competition complaints rebuffed

A senior official in the European Commission has said that it has no plans to open an investigation in response to two complaints about perceived failings in the academic publishing market, and that competition law is not best placed to deal with the issue.

Two complaints were lodged with the Commission in October and November 2018: one by researchers Jon Tennant and Björn Brembs and the other by the European University Association (EUA). Both alleged that there is a lack of competition and fairness in Europe’s academic publishing market.

Now the Commission has provided similar responses to the two complaints, declining to open an investigation for the time being.

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