Comments made by France on the First draft of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

« In a statement, France commented on the first draft recommendation on open science published by UNESCO in October 2020. (…)
France would like the text to place more emphasis on the principle of bibliodiversity which promotes the plurality of actors, economic models, formats and languages of scientific publication. Consideration must be given to the dangers of generalizing the publishing fee model. It would generate strong inequalities between the various research communities around the world, and drive towards the concentration of scientific publishing in the hands of a few large commercial players. Alternative models for financing open access publishing are already operating across the world and deserve to be further consolidated. The multilingualism of scientific production, which guarantees a better dissemination of knowledge in the society, should be encouraged, as called for in the UNESCO text. (…) »

Source >, 19 février 2021