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Payments to publishers revealed

Finnish universities and research organisations paid €35 million for online access to scientific publications in 2016, a study by the ATT, the country’s open-access initiative, has found.

The data, published on 19 June, found that publisher Elsevier collects more than €10m a year from Finnish institutions, and that the top ten publishers receive four-fifth of the total money spent in the country on subscriptions.

The government said that the purpose of publishing the data was to make the costs of science publishing more transparent and to support Finnish universities’ negotiating position with publishers. A consortium of universities, research institutes and public libraries is in the process of negotiating a national licensing agreement to boost open science.

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