The Council of the European Union released linkurl:recommendations; on Friday (November 23) encouraging member states to study open access, but open access advocates are calling this a weak approach. The plan invites member states to support experiments in linkurl:various open access plans,; including a delayed open access plan; support research on how scientific information is accessed; and involve stake holders and publishing companies in the debate on open access. In May, this council also proposed a "wide public access" plan, making un-copyrighted research results -- not peer-reviewed papers -- publicly available. Mariano Gago, EU minister of science and technology said, "The question of open access is to be dealt with in parallel with the viability of scientific publishers," Reuters linkurl:reported.; On his linkurl:blog,; Peter Suber, senior researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and open access advocate, called the recommendations "weak tea," and noted that although the...

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