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.

- Joshua W. Shaevitz, Professor, Princeton University, USA
- William Pitchers, Staff Scientist, University of Melbourne, Australia
- Mattias Bjornmalm, PhD, Research Fellow, Imperial College London, UK
- Eligio F. Iannetti, Scientist, Khondrion, Netherlands
- Pablo Porras Millan, Scientific curator, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), United Kingdom
- Louise Gimsing, MD, 1986, Danmark
- Imogen Clarke, Publisher, Ubiquity Press, UK
- Ljerka Ostojic, Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Uk
- Till Hofmann, Doctoral Researcher, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- Kristen M DeAngelis, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
- Stephanie Daumas, Assistant professor, Sorbonne university, France
- Jas Nijjar, PhD Student, Brunel University London, Britain
- Patricia Silva, Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, Portugal
- Dr. Bela Nawaz , Assistant professor , Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) Karachi, Pakistan , Pakistan
- Maria Isabel Loureiro , Professor, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
- 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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