Free access to research papers by 2020? ‘Impossible without radical steps’, says EU official
A senior European Commission official called for “radical steps” to speed up making publicly funded research in Europe freely available to readers, rather than locked behind publishers’ paywalls. “We are today at 20 per cent full open access,” said Robert-Jan Smits, former director-general for research and innovation at the Commission. “Fifteen years ago, we were at 15 per cent open access,” and in 2016 the EU set a target that all publicly research be open, free, to readers by 2020.