On May 27, 2016, under the presidency of the “Netherlands State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science,” European Union officials have come to an unanimous groundbreaking decision in the areas of research and innovation. Particularly, all scientific articles in the European Union must be freely accessible by the beginning of 2020 in order to achieve optimal reuse of research data. During the meeting led, by Mr. Sander Dekker, the state secretary in the field, significant strategic steps have been defined for the upcoming period of less than four years. His brief statement on the cause clearly depicted the idea behind the decision:
“Research and innovation generate economic growth and more jobs and provide solutions to societal challenges,’ the state secretary said. ‘And that means a stronger Europe. To achieve that, Europe must be as attractive as possible for researchers and start-ups to locate here and for companies to invest. That calls for knowledge to be freely shared. The time for talking about open access is now past. With these agreements, we are going to achieve it in practice.”
This means scientific publications on the results of research, supported by public and public-private funds by the start of 2020 with a gradual grow, will be freely accessible to everyone.
Clearly, the EU is bringing drastic changes in the publishing sphere. This in turn may result to severe negative alterations in the businesses of publishes and researches, regarding to work that would otherwise be of high financial worth. Details and possible solutions for these kinds of cases have not been presented by the state secretary yet and still remain to be disclosed.
Conversely, the decision for open access is very good news for academics, researchers, teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs etc. as well as services like PlagScan, dedicated to the enhancement and quality of education.
We at PlagScan greatly support this cause, since the scientific publications on research results will culminate in a greater database, which means that our service will be able to generate even more detailed and relevant results.
Further drastic changes in research may exponentially improve education, which along with the impending inter-references remains to be seen, in all probability faster than we might expect!