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New York, 28 February 2013

Springer and the recent memorandum from the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy

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As a publisher of important scientific research Springer seeks to ensure broad access to its content, as do all publishers. For this reason we welcome the recent announcement from the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as a good start towards a comprehensive policy on access to tax-payer-funded research.
As the world’s largest open access (OA) publisher, we are constantly working with the scientific community, funders and governments in a number of countries to improve access to scientific discovery. We do, however, maintain that this must be done in a way that preserves publishers’ ability to recoup investments in people and technology, which is why we believe that Gold open access is more sustainable than Green.
There are positives to be found in the policy, which explicitly recognizes the value that publishers add and the need for the critical services we provide. It goes on to direct funding agencies to draft policies that take this into consideration. Also, the order offers the option for adjusting embargo periods by academic discipline. This is of critical value since the half life of research in some fields is significantly longer than in others. In short, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all embargo period, and we are encouraged that the OSTP recognizes this important nuance.
Springer believes in working with all interested parties towards a solution that supports the needs of scientific progress, while recognizing publishers as an important part of the process. We look forward to participating in this dialogue with the OSTP as it moves down the road towards creating a solution to access that benefits everyone involved.

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