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Thursday, August 09, 2007

German funders take different roads on OA

Martin Ragg asked Germany's Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry of Education and Research or BMBF) for its position on OA.  The answer is that BMBF neither requires nor encourages OA.  But the final reports for BMBF-funded research are available to the public, in hardcopy.  (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)  Read the German original or Google's English.

By contrast, Germany's primary research funder, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG, has mandated OA since January 2006.