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.


- Alan Rubin, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
- Magdalena Julkowska, PostDoc, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
- Meredith Schmehl, PhD Student, Duke University, United States
- Erik Maronde, Scientist and Lecturer, Goethe University, Germany
- Sheila McCormick, Professor, UC-Berkeley , United States
- Benedikt V Ehinger, PostDoc, Donders Institute, Radboud University, Netherlands
- Gorka Navarrete, Professor, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile
- Hugo Dictus, Scientific Programmer, EPFL, Switzerland
- Manraj Gill, PhD Student, MIT, United States
- Brett Favaro, Research Scientist / Instructor, Memorial University of Newfoundland , Canada
- Alejandro Manzano Marin, Postdoctoral Scientist, INRA UMR 1062 CBGP, France
- Dr Christopher Finn McQuaid, Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
- Bacha syed, Citizen scientist, University of swat, Pakistan
- Anne Ferrier-Watson, Librarian, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Waikato, New Zealand
- Christopher Dardis MD, Professor, Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ, USA
- Maria Lerm, Professor, Linköping University, Sverige
- Jody Bailey, scholarly communications librarian, Emory University Libraries, United States
- Rich Schneider, Associate Professor, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), United States
- Hannes Rost, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
- Michael Bode, Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

And 1927 others - see complete list here.


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