France battles scientific publisher over unjustified, high prices
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"French universities and research groups have refused to renew their deal with Springer — one of the largest scholarly publishers. Fueled by ever-increasing prices which many consider unjustified, and very little progress towards open access, French research institutions claim they are saving millions of euros in subscription costs. Not a new problem Europe wants its science open. Apart from research which contains sensitive data, all European studies which received public or national funding will be free (open access) by 2020. For many scientific publishers, whose business model relies on paid subscriptions, this is naturally a bit unnerving. Now, tensions have reached a tipping point, as Couperin, which represents more than 250 French universities, grandes écoles, and other research bodies, and Springer Nature, Springer’s parent company, which publishes more than 2,000 scholarly journals, have failed to reach an agreement about the prices of journals...."