China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls

China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls

In a huge boost to the open-access movement, librarians and funders in China have said that they intend to make the results of publicly funded research free to read immediately on publication.

The government will now urge Chinese funders, research organizations and academic libraries to make the outcome of publicly funded research free to reach and share as soon as possible, says Xiaolin Zhang, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Beijing.

He told the meeting that the NSFC, NSTL and NSL will all support the government’s request to make research papers open immediately after publishing, and that implementation policies should follow soon. He says he expects that funders will now push all researchers in China to follow suit.

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