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Elsevier deal with France disappoints open-access advocates

By Tania Rabesandratana Dec. 13, 2019 , 11:30 AM


Publishing giant Elsevier has signed a national license deal with Couperin, France’s consortium of universities and research organizations, but critics say it doesn’t do enough to advance open access (OA) to scientific journal articles. Its terms are at odds with Plan S, a mandate to make publications immediately free to read starting in 2021, which France’s National Research Agency has backed  


However, any delay is incompatible with the future zero-wait rules of France’s National Research Agency under Plan S. The agency did not respond to Science’s request for comment, and the group of funders behind Plan S declined to comment on the French deal. But Robert-Jan Smits, one of the plan’s original architects, who is now president of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, says it is a “real pity” that the agreement does not comply with Plan S.


Jan Szczepański
F.d Förste bibliotekarie och chef för f.d Avdelningen för humaniora,
vid f.d. Centralbiblioteket, Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek
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