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‘Unease growing’ over pay to publish

Expert says Swedish presidency’s push to abolish article-processing charges shows concerns about controversial model

A proposal to make immediate open access to research papers “the default” without authors having to pay article-processing charges “reflects growing disquiet” in the EU about such fees, an expert has said.

The proposal came from the Swedish presidency of the Council of the EU member state governments in a draft set of conclusions that the governments will discuss—and probably amend—ahead of their planned adoption in the summer.

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