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Finland seeks universal open-access deals

The Finnish government has announced that it is negotiating national licensing agreements with international scientific publishers as part of its efforts on open science.

In a statement on 8 December, the government said that nationwide contracts would increase the opportunity for Finnish researchers to publish openly, and that open access should be “commonplace for all researchers”.

“It is vital that these negotiations find a solution that is financially sustainable for the scientific community,” the government said, adding that the business models of publishers must be renewed to take into account the increasing demand for open access.

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