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Research libraries focus on legal change to boost open access


Liber group plans to research status of ‘secondary publishing rights’ across Europe

Europe’s research library group is stepping up its push for legal changes to promote open access with plans to carry out research into the current state of legislation on ‘secondary publishing rights’.

Republishing research papers after their first release, typically in a journal, is known as secondary publishing rights and is widely used as a tool for promoting open access. Across Europe, seven countries—Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain—have passed laws granting such rights. But, in most of these countries, the laws apply only after an embargo period following papers’ initial publication.

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