Ireland has announced a National Open Access Policy

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Undoubtedly inspired by the International Open Access Week, the Irish government announced its policy in favour of open access on October 24th. This policy is in line with the European initiative Horizon 2020 and European Commission recommendations dated July 17 2012 regarding access to scientific information and its preservation. Ireland encourages submissions by authors according to the “green open access” model, but also the “gold open access” scheme proposed by publishers.

It calls for making publications that benefit from public funds available as soon as possible after articles are submitted and limiting embargoes to 6 months for research in hard science, techniques and health and 12 months for work in social sciences and humanities.

See the policy statement

See the European Commission recommendation

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