European countries to end paywalls for publicly funded scientific studies

Major national funders of scientific research announced that by 2020 they’ll stop financing studies published behind paywalls. The open-initiative proposal, known as Plan-S, could dramatically alter how peer-reviewed articles are published. Under the plan,11 national research funders, including UK Research and Innovation, will require scientists who accept their public grants to publish their work in open-access platforms. The plan would exclude roughly 85 percent of peer-reviewed journals that, as of 2017, charge a fee to users to access studies (Universities UK). Plan-S has sparked backlash from scientific publishing companies, which largely support the subscription model.

We have just a week until the European Parliament debates and votes on the new Copyright Directive, including the dreaded censorship machines (every website has to censor anything that appears to be a copyrighted work and link tax (no linking to news articles unless the platform you’re using has negotiated a license with the site you’re linking to). (more…)

Eleven of Europe’s largest scientific research funders, responsible for €7.6B in annual grants, have announced “Plan S,” whereby scientists will only be able to get research grants if they promise to first publish all their work in open access, no-cost journals.

In just one week, Members of the European Parliament will debate and vote on the new EU Copyright Directive, which contains two of the worst, most dangerous internet proposals in living memory.

Nationalist vote set to shatter Swedish calm

Sweden’s decades-old centrist politics looks set to be shaken up in Sunday’s election.

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