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Open Access to all scientific papers by 2020

On May 27th, the Competitiveness Council of the European Union adopted his "Council Conclusions on the Transition towards an Open Science System" (PDF). A press release of the Netherlands EU Presidency highlights the main issues of the new Open Science Strategy.

It becomes very clear, that "the time for talking about open access is now past":

"From 2020, all scientific publications on the results of publicly funded research must be freely available. It also must be able to optimally reuse research data. To achieve that, the data must be made accessible, unless there are well-founded reasons for not doing so, for example intellectual property rights or security or privacy issues."

Furthermore, the Council calls for new assessment criteria in the research world:

"The member states are also calling on the wider research world, including research funders, to introduce changes, for example by modifying the way scientists are assessed. They should be no longer be judged only on the number of publications or citations they produce, but more attention should be paid to the societal impact of their work."   

For further reading:
[3] Press release of the League of European Universities (PDF)