All Scientific Articles from Europe to be Available Free by 2020

All scientific research supported in any part by public funds in Europe will soon be made freely available under a new initiative, according to one of the conclusions of a Competitiveness Council in Brussels this May.

Currently, institutions and businesses have to pay prohibitively high subscription fees to access scientific publications; these fees support only the subscription service and do little to fund the research to which it grants access.

One of the goals of the Council was to make Europe “as attractive as possible for researches and start-ups”, and that calls for knowledge to be freely shared, said the Netherlands State Secretary for Education, Culture, and Science, Sander Dekker.

The Competitiveness Council also concluded that all new European legislation must take into account its impact on innovation.

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