Rise of open access publishing

Rise of open access publishing

A study funded by the European Commission estimates that around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 are now available for free (open access). The study looked at the availability of scholarly publications in the European Research Area, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States.

By making research results more accessible, open access can contribute to improve knowledge circulation and thus innovation in Europe. The Commission will make free availability of scientific publications a general principle and open access will therefore be mandatory for all scientific publications produced with funding from Horizon 2020, the EU’s Research & Innovation funding programme for 2014-2020.

Two other reports examining open access policies and the issue of open access to data were also released today.

 

For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-786_en.htm

 

Links to the three studies:

http://www.science-metrix.com/pdf/SM_EC_OA_Availability_2004-2011.pdf

http://www.science-metrix.com/pdf/SM_EC_OA_Policies.pdf

http://www.science-metrix.com/pdf/SM_EC_OA_Data.pdf