Stop paying to be published Open Access –  a French perspective

“I recommend that they publish in a journal with no APC (‘diamond’ OA journal) or a non-OA journal and make the peer reviewed manuscript or accepted author manuscript (AAM) OA through a repository (‘green’ OA). In some cases, a journal with low and affordable APC may also be suitable. I propose this in accordance with the French national open science policy, which clearly asks that scientific articles must be available OA and encourages its research community to turn to free publication models for both authors and readers….

French national policy invites those who publish in paywalled journals to deposit their AAM as soon as it is published. If the journal  does not allow it, the AAM may be deposited in an open archive with a delay (embargo). The Rights Retention Strategy, developed by the cOAlition S, makes it even possible to publish AAM without embargo. I therefore recommend resorting to this strategy….”

French Open Science Monitor

Measure the evolution of open science in France using reliable, open and controlled data.

What are the differences with the Open Science Monitor of the European Commission?

The European Commission has published the Open Science Monitor whose design and production have been subcontracted to a consortium of CWTS, Esade and Lisbon Council by associating Elsevier as subcontractor. The Commission’s tool uses the Web of Science and Scopus business databases to define the publication field, as well as their affiliate (country) and disciplinary field. In the case of the French barometer, the perimeter is different (French affiliations only). The methodology developed by the French barometer is not commercially dependent, and is completely open (open code and resulting data in Open Data) .Ini, the European tool is based on the owner metadata of commercial bases. On the other hand, the French barometer has set up a transparent methodology to enrich open meta-data.


The Open Science 2022 Barometer at UniLaSalle is available | UniLaSalle Beauvais

“Created by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) in 2019, and as part of the National Plan for Open Science (PNSO), the Open Science Barometer measures the percentage and progression of open access publications, i.e. publications that can be freely consulted in their entirety by anyone and without restrictions.

The data used in the UniLaSalle Open Science Barometer come from various sources such as Web of Science, Scopus, Unpaywall and HAL. Only publications with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), a resource identification mechanism, are taken into account in the Barometer: the data is therefore not exhaustive.

This Barometer makes it possible to situate UniLaSalle in relation to the scientific productions carried out at national level. In this sense, the data retained concern the reference year 2019, in order to facilitate national comparisons….”

EDP Sciences – EDP Sciences signs a new five-year National Open Access Agreement in France

“The partners of the “Accord national pour l’accès ouvert en France” (National Open Access Agreement in France) are delighted to announce that they have renewed the agreement for a further five-year term until 31 December 2026. The Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research – MESR), the Couperin consortium, the Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur (Abes) and EDP Sciences confirm they will continue to work closely to support open access publication of French research.

The Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) open access model plays a more prominent role this time and is quickly becoming an important pillar of the agreement. Several journals participating in the agreement are owned by learned societies which support S2O. For example, the Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles ( SMAI) with which EDP Sciences publishes a number of maths journals. Astronomy & Astrophysics is another high-profile S2O journal in the agreement and additional journals will also transition to S2O in 2023.

S2O reflects an emphasis on open access models that do not rely on article processing charges (APCs). EDP Sciences was an early adopter of S2O and is pleased to see it making a positive impact in a range of contexts….” provides additional APC data for 7 institutions – Datasets on fee-based Open Access Publishing

“The Couperin consortium collects data on APC expenditures from universities and other research institutions in France.

APC expenditures for 7 different institutions have now been made available to OpenAPC, with one institution being included for the first time….”

Should open access lead to closed research? The trends towards paying to perform research

Abstract:  Open  Access  (OA)  emerged  as  an  important  transition  in  scholarly  publishing  worldwide during the past two decades. So far, this transition is increasingly based on article processing charges (APC), which create a new paywall on the researchers’ side. Publishing is part of the research  process  and  thereby  necessary  to  perform  research.  This  study  analyses  the  global trends towards paying to perform research by combing observed trends in publishing from 2015 to 2020 with an APC price list. APC expenses have sharply increased among six countries with different  OA  policies:  the  USA,  China,  the  UK,  France,  the  Netherlands,  and  Norway.  The estimated global revenues from APC among major publishers now exceed 2 billion US dollars annually. Mergers and takeovers show that the industry is moving towards APC-based OA as the more profitable business  model.  Research publishing will be closed  to  those who cannot make an institution or project money payment. Our results lead to a discussion of whether APC is the best way to promote OA.

OE Global Conference 2021-2022 – Global Congress for Implementation of UNESCO OER Recommendation

“The Open Education Global 2021& 2022 conference series is co-hosted by Open Education Global and the Université de Nantes. Both events are entirely focused on presenting existing solutions and practices that inform and guide the implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation. The Open Education Global in-person congress will take place from May 23–25, 2022 in Nantes, France.

For over 10 years, the Open Education Global annual conference has been the main annual event for open education practitioners, policy builders, and decision-makers. Supporters, advocates, and students from around the world explore the OEGlobal opportunity to share, collaborate, learn, network, and celebrate each other’s work and benefit through a broad, dynamic, and innovative collective vision of Open Education.”

Wiley and French Consortium COUPERIN Sign Open Access Agreement


Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new three-year agreement with COUPERIN, a consortium of higher education and research institutions in France.

This agreement is the first of its size signed by COUPERIN. Researchers from 130 member institutions across France will be granted access to all of Wiley’s hybrid and subscription journals and will be able to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley’s 1,400 hybrid journals. Under the terms of the agreement, individual institutions may additionally offer open access publishing in fully gold journals to their authors.

Extending the open monitoring of open science – Archive ouverte HAL

Abstract:  Abstract : We present a new Open Science Monitor framework at the country level for the case of France. We propose a fine-grained monitoring of the dynamics of the open access to publications, based on historical data from Unpaywall, and thus limited to Crossref-DOI documents. The economic models of journals publishing French publications are analyéed as well as the open access dynamics by discipline and open access route (publishers and repositories). The French Open Science Monitor (BSO) website: presents the results to date (last observation date December 2021). 62% of the 170,000 French 2020 publications are available in December 2021. This rate has increased by 10 points in one year. The level of open access varies significantly from one discipline to another. Some disciplines, such as the physical sciences and mathematics, have long been committed to opening up their publications, while others, such as chemistry, are rapidly catching up. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and the urgent need to open up scholarly outputs in the health field, a specific version of the French Open Science Monitor has been built: It monitors the open access dynamics of French publications in the biomedical field. It also analyses the transparency of the results of clinical trials and observational studies conducted in France. Only 57% of clinical trials completed in the last 10 years have shared their results publicly. In contrast to other Open Science Monitoring initiatives, the source code and the data of the French Open Science Monitor are shared with an open licence. The source code used for the French Open Science Monitor is available on GitHub, and shared with an open licence. The code is split in modules, in particular for indicators computations and and the web user interface The data resulting of this work is shared on the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation open data portal: and The originality of the French Open Science Monitor also lies in the fact that it can easily be adapted to the level of an higher education and research institution. To date, some twenty higher education and research institutions have already used it to obtain reliable and open indicators on the progress of open science in their scientific production.


The CNRS encourages its scientists to no longer pay to be published | CNRS

As part of the CNRS open science policy, scientific articles must be available in open access. The CNRS encourages its researchers to turn to free publication models for both authors and readers. Deputy Director General for Science, Alain Schuhl details these recommendations.


France’s Scientific Publishers Back an ‘Open Science’ Report


The scientific and academic publishers of the Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE-France) and the Fédération Nationale de la Presse Spécialisée (FNPS) today (April 8) have welcomed the findings and recommendations of a report on open science.


The study was made by a parliamentary office for scientific evaluation, and its findings were first made in preliminary form on March 11.

These two reports recognize the essential role of private and public scientific publishers in publication and distribution of research results. They recommend a balanced approach to French open-science policy that guarantees pluralism and diversity, “respects the prerogatives of parliament,” and preserves the fundamental legal bases of copyright and academic freedom.


DOAJ receives funding from the French National Fund for Open Science | April 2022

DOAJ is pleased to announce that it will be receiving €70,000 EUR in funding from the French National Fund for Open Science. The decision to allocate the funds was taken by the Steering Committee for Open Science who recognized the strategic role that DOAJ plays in promoting and vetting high-quality open access journals. 

France rules Google Analytics non-compliant with GDPR | Matomo

The French Data Protection Agency, CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés), has concluded that the use of Google Analytics is illegal under GDPR. The CNIL has begun issuing formal notices to website managers using Google Analytics.