It is the time of the year to pay special attention to open access issues. One of the consequences of the interrupted negotiations between BIBSAM and Elsevier has been that a number of Swedish universities have instituted an OA fund. University of Borås is one of them. The aim is to accelerate transition to open access.
Research funders have also taken initiative to accelerate transition to open access though Plan S. 13 research financiers from 12 countries have signaled their commitment to implement 10 principles of Plan S in a coordinated way. The main principle is “By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”
Text: Pieta Eklund