Sunday, April 23, 2006

EU research wants to be free

Matthew CockerillA European Commission report has recommended that the results of EU-funded research should be published openly on the Internet, as did the UK's Research Councils last year (via A2K). Large scientific publishers are of course horrified at the threat to their extremely substantial profits, but most scientists support the idea:

Matthew Cockerill said of the EC report: "It confirms what BioMed Central has been saying for some time - that scientists and funders are getting a poor deal from the traditional publishing system, which delivers limited access at high cost."

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