French digital bill 'threatens journals collapse', say publishers

French digital bill 'threatens journals collapse', say publishers

The French book and specialist press publishers associations have warned that a digital bill to be presented to parliament today (19th January) could destroy French academic publishing, because of its short open access embargo periods.

Article 17 of the bill entitled "For a Digital Republic" requires researchers to offer open access after six months (instead of 12 months in the initial draft) for papers in the hard sciences, technology and medicine, and after 12 months (instead of 24) for those in the humanities and social sciences.
In a joint statement, the Syndicat National de l’Edit...

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