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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via German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); 16 pages; PDF.