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41% of French publications in open access

News from committee
08/11/2019

The French Open Science Monitor was a commitment announced by the National Open Science Plan and its first issue has now been published. Its primary objective is to measure the open access (OA) share of French scientific publications, which amounts to 41%, and assess progress by types of access and by disciplines.

Source: French Open Science Monitor: https://bso.esr.gouv.fr

The survey outlines disparities in the OA proportion between disciplines and the publication methods used. Note the 61% rate in mathematics mainly through deposits in open repositories, compared to 49% in fundamental biology and 31% in medical research both mainly on publishers’ sites.

Source: French Open Science Monitor: https://bso.esr.gouv.fr

The monitor is to publish a note reporting on the progress of publication openness every year and to extend this initial survey to data and source codes.

The French Open Science Monitor relies upon underlying open access data, mainly from Unpaywall, and makes its source code and methodology available in open access.

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