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.

To read more articles from the Summer 2016 issue, subscribe to the eReader edition.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s