New moves in push to Open Access to scholarly journals - University World News
"Two important steps were taken last week in the drive to support the conversion of the majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription only to Open Access. The Max Planck Society published an Expression of Interest already adopted by 30 signatories, inviting all parties involved in scholarly publishing to collaborate on a 'swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large'. The list of first signatories published on 21 March include, among others, the Austrian Science Fund, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the Spanish National Research Council, as well as the European University Association, the representative organisation of more than 800 universities and 36 national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. Signatories from Germany include the German Research Foundation, the German Rectors’ Conference, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society. A day later, on 22 March, Springer Nature announced that it will extend its year-long nature.com content sharing trial to enable its research articles to be freely shared with all researchers and the wider public via its authors, subscribers and global media ..."