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.


- Boris L. Almonacid, PhD Student, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
- Mohammad A. Almajhadi, PhD student, University of California, Irvine , USA
- Evert Bosdriesz, Postdoc, Netherlands Cancer Institute, the Netherlands
- Paolo Bonini, Scientist , NGAlab, Spain
- Kyle Siler, Researcher, Utrecht University, Netherlands
- Barbora Kamrlova, Assistant professor, Comenius University Bratislava , Slovakia
- Steven T Piantadosi, Professor, UC Berkeley, USA
- Laurence Mabile, PhD, Research project manager, University Toulouse III - INSERM, France
- Jordan Berg, Graduate Student, University of Utah, USA
- Pablo Iriarte, Librarian, University of Geneva, Switzerland
- Dieter Sulzer, Librarian, Pro Senectute , Switzerland
- Agnes Mainka , Researcher, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf , Germany
- William E Lowry, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
- Subal Chandra Biswas, Professor, The University of Burdwan, India
- Bryce Nelson, Assistant Professor, Yale University, USA
- Oliver Abt, Librarian, University of Basel, Switzerland
- Chris Awre, Librarian, University of Hull, United Kingdom
- Kate Krueger, PhD, Research Director, New Harvest, USA
- Nader Ale Ebrahim, Visiting Research Fellow, ACECR, Tehran, Iran, Iran
- John Y , Student, USA

And 1905 others - see complete list here.


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