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Further information on open access

Today, a large number of results from publicly funded research are published behind paywalls. Thus, the research results are available only to readers belonging to institutions that can afford to pay hefty access fees, which limits the dissemination of knowledge and its utilization in society at large.

In the Research Bill Knowledge in Collaboration, the Government states that open access to research results contributes to maintaining and furthering excellence in research. Further, open access can advance science by making it possible for more researchers to validate and build on previous work. Open access also plays an important role in society at large as research and innovation to a large extent is carried out within industry and in the business and public sectors.

The transition to open access to scholarly publications should be fully implemented in 2026 at the latest. It is a shared responsibility for all stakeholders within the research system to work towards the goal.

At the beginning of 2017, the National Library of Sweden received an appropriation directive from the Swedish Government to act as a national coordinating body in the work towards a transition to open access to scholarly publications. You can find further information on Sweden's open access initiatives on openaccess.se.