Member states to back both green and gold access and endorse move to end traditional subscription model, according to draft text. EU research ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday are expected to endorse a move to abandon the traditional journal subscription model and embrace freely-available scientific research by 2020.
According to a draft text seen by Science|Business, the ministers will, “Welcome open access to scientific publications as the option by default for publishing the results of publicly-funded research,” and call, “To remove financial and legal barriers, and to take the necessary steps for successful implementation in all scientific domains.”
However, there will be a compromise on the best route to full open access, following a failure to find consensus around the competing green and gold visions.
Ministers will state that not all scientific articles should be made open to the public – research funded by companies can be opted-out. Governments should take stock of progress towards open access on a regular basis, “starting no later than one year from now,” according to the draft.