Open Letter in Support of Funder Open Publishing Mandates

We, the undersigned, believe that the world's scholarly literature is a public resource that only achieves its full value when it is freely available to all. For too long we have tolerated a pay-for-access business model for scholarly journals that is inequitable, impedes progress in our fields, and denies the public the full benefit of our work. We therefore welcome efforts on the part of public and private research funders to require that publications based on work they fund be made immediately freely and openly available without restrictions on access or use.

Funders are uniquely positioned to transform scholarly publishing by changing the explicit and implicit rules under which we all operate. We recognize that funder mandates may superficially limit our publishing options in the short term, but believe they will lead to a system that optimizes what we really care about: maximizing the reach of our scholarship and its value to the research community and public.

We understand that effective scholarly communication costs money, and support substantial investment in this endeavor, but only if it allows everyone to freely access and use the scholarly literature. We acknowledge that challenges remain, especially ensuring that all scholars everywhere have the unfettered ability to freely share their work and have their contributions recognized. And we therefore commit to continue working with funders, universities, research institutions and other stakeholders until we have created a stable, fair, effective and open system of scholarly communication.

- Devin Berg, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA
- Valeria Imperato, PhD student, Hasselt University, Belgium
- Zach Latta, Founder & Teacher, Hack Club, USA
- Prof Richard Frackowiak, Clinician-scientist, Professor , EPFL, France
- Brianne Selman, Librarian, University of Winnipeg, Canada
- Nicolas P. Rougier, Researcher, Inria, France
- Carlos Quispe Geronimo, Professor, UNMSM, Perú
- Hendrik Reimann, Scientist, University of Delaware , USA
- Adèle Paul-Hus, PhD Student, Université de Montréal, Canada
- Yann Roussel, Post-Doc, Blue Brain Project - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
- Dr Coste Benoit, Engineer, EPFL, Blue Brain Project, Switzerland
- Valeria Poli, Professor, molecular biology , University of Torino , Italy
- Jorge A. Fernandez V., Professor, Clínica Zoé, Honduras
- Antonio Claret, Scientist, Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia - CSIC, Spain
- Kate Krueger, PhD, Research Director, New Harvest, USA
- DR BIHARI LAL, Citizen, India
- Christian Lovis, Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland
- Gustavo Garzon, Scientist, Colombian Geological Survey, Colombia
- Andrada Tulbure, Senior Data Scientist, Self-employed, Romania
- Ruth Duerr, Research Scholar, Ronin Institute, United States

And 1933 others - see complete list here.

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