Sweden makes research free

In a trail-blazing move, the Swedish Research Council has made it mandatory for researchers to publish their materials so that it is freely available to the public.

“We consider that publication of research which has been paid for out of public funds should be made freely accessible to all” says Professor Pär Omling, Director General of the Research Council. Open Access is an important condition if research results are to be disseminated for the benefit of society.

What this amounts to, is that from 2010, researchers will not get funded unless their work is published open access within six months of the publication. This applies to all academic articles and conference reports, but not monographs or chapters in books.

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