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Funders must accept differences in open access for humanities

Policymakers and funders must recognise the differences between the humanities and other disciplines when implementing open-access rules, interest group Science Europe has said.

In an opinion paper published on 18 November, Science Europe’s scientific committee for the humanities confirms its support for open access, but says the concept is not as “culturally embedded” in the discipline. It sets out a number of areas that must be considered when implementing open access for the humanities.

“For a variety of historical and cultural reasons, the humanities have a slightly different situation when it comes to open access,” says lead author Shearer West, dean of humanities at the University of Oxford, UK. “These differences need to be recognised as research moves towards a fully open-access culture.”

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