LERU calls on EC and upcoming Dutch presidency to move forward on Open Access
LERU, the League of European Research Universities, has issued a statement on "Moving Forwards on Open Access", addressed to the upcoming Dutch EU Council Presidency (first half of 2016).
"Christmas is over. Research funding should go to research, not to publishers!", LERU claims in the title of its statement. The association calls attention to the fact that European universities are currently paying publishers significant parts of their university budget - money which is not directly spent on research and education. The high prices for some large journals make it difficult even for wealthy universities to afford them. In addition to subscription costs, there are also “Article Processing Charges” (APC) to consider when making individual articles Gold Open Access.
LERU therefore calls upon the European Commission and the upcoming Dutch EU Council Presidency to work with all stakeholders and bodies involved in order to find sensible solutions, and on stakeholders to support LERU's statement on the matter. The association points out that "In the era of Open Science, Open Access to publications is one of the cornerstones of the new research paradigm and business models must support this transition. It should be one of the principal objectives of Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the Dutch EU Presidency (January-June 2016) to ensure that this transition happens."
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