Call to all Publishers: Respect the Researchers' Rights

More than 880 research and research-related organisations call for more Open Science and Open Access in publishing.

On 25 May 2021, CESAER, the European University Association (EUA) and Science Europe - a coalition of more than 880 universities as well as research and research-related organisations - called on all publishers to respect researchers' rights when publishing. They demand that publishers no longer require authors to relinquish their rights. Also, they urge publishers to allow the dissemination of peer-reviewed research without restrictions or embargoes. With the joint statement signed by the presidents, the organizations are sending a strong signal of support for Open Science and Open Access.

Currently, publishers usually require researchers to sign exclusive publishing agreements that restrict the authors' capacities of working with their research. The statement calls for replacing this outdated publishing system with modern alternatives that make the open dissemination of research for the greater benefit of society possible. In particular, the statement demands that upon request, authors be allowed to deposit an accepted, open-licensed manuscript in a repository without any embargo periods.

In the run-up to the statement, some publishers' unclear and complicating practices towards researchers - as was, for example, recently reported by cOAlition S - were observed.

CESAER is the European Association of Scientific and Technical Universities.
The European University Association (EUA) represents 850 universities and national rectors' conferences in 48 European countries.
Science Europe is an association representing national public organisations that fund or conduct research in Europe.