Report: Political Push for Open Access in Germany
Germany has taken another step along the path to open access. Last week, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched a new strategy, which aims to finally make open access standard practice.
From now on, the BMBF will require that scientific articles stemming from projects that it funded have to be open access by default. The strategy equally supports the so-called gold and green routes to open access – gold involves payment of a fee to a journal to publish it open access right away, while green means publishing on a free to access server, often after an embargo period has passed. However, the strategy still requires all research to go through peer review.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.