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.


- James R. Howe VI, PhD Student, UCSD, USA
- Christian König, Post-Doc, University of Göttingen, Germany
- Lisa Rothmann, PhD Student, PhD Student, South Africa
- John Chodera, Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
- Aaron W Dobbs, Scholarly Communication Librarian & Associate Professor, Librarian, Professor, Researcher, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, United States
- Grace Auringer, Lab Technician , University of California, Davis, USA
- Daniel Lakens, Scientist, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
- Christophe Galland, Professor in Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
- Mikael Laakso, Associate Professor, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
- MICHELLE HOLDSWORTH, Professor of Public Health, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
- Marie Farge, Professor, Centre National à la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) Paris, France
- Alison Neilson, Senior Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal
- Ravi Prakash, Postdoctoral Fellow, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
- Christian Fiebach, Professor, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
- Tolu Adebayo, POST-GRADUATE FELLOW, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, ABEOKUTA, NIGERIA, NIGERIA
- Gabriele Marinello, Co-founder, Qeios, United Kingdom
- Bruno J. Strasser, Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland
- Floris van den Oever, Master's student, University of Twente, Netherlands
- Lukas Kohl, Postdoctoral Reseracher, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Constantinescu Nicolaie, Infromation Architect, Kosson, Romania

And 1918 others - see complete list here.


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