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Open policies, open practices - open attitudes?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James RidingORCiD



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Openness is the current buzzword in discussions regarding academic publishing, and 2020 is the year when many related efforts of this new supposedly open approach will begin in earnest. The European Union has launched an open access strategy known as ‘Plan S’, which states that “from 1 January 2020, all scholarly publications resulting from public research funding must be published in Open Access journals or on Open Access platforms” (Science Europe 2018). This is in line with European Commission funding instruments, which similarly state that “all projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding are required to make sure that any peer-reviewed journal article they publish is openly accessible, free of charge” (see European Commission 2019).In Finland, where Fennia is based, similar aims and requests have been presented by the state, in the form of the Finnish Open Science and Research Initiative, and through the national research council Academy of Finland that has set out to develop Plan S together with other European research councils. Universities and libraries are responding to these strategic alignments with their own open science strategies and plans of action. Like other actions, they struggle to balance scholarly interests to publish in high-quality journals and the so-called hybrid publishing practices that most (if not all) of the publishers of the leading journals employ. In short, they contain long embargos and high open access payments per paper, on top of high journal subscription fees. As we write negotiations between FinELib – the national consortium that makes the deals with commercial publishers in Finland – have hit the wall with Taylor & Francis, and the same process is underway with Wiley that similarly seeks increasing profit from open science.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kallio K-P, Riding J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Fennia

Year: 2019

Volume: 197

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-7

Print publication date: 29/04/2019

Online publication date: 29/04/2019

Acceptance date: 20/04/2019

Date deposited: 25/09/2019

ISSN (print): 0015-0010

ISSN (electronic): 1798-5617

Publisher: Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura, Geographical Society of Finland


DOI: 10.11143/fennia.80428


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