The complete works of Louis Néel have been gathered and made publicly available, 50 years after the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Louis Néel in 1970.
Making the outcome of publicly-funded research available to all has become a societal request and requirement from the states over a few years only. This request has several objectives:
- Keep publication costs to a reasonable value, using institutional repositories as a means for negociation with the publishing companies, whose registration fees have sharply increased in reacent years.
- Ensure the best dissemination of the result of public research, making its outcome broadly available. This address innovation, as many small- and medium-size companies may not have the means to subscribe to private journals, as well as equity among the academics, so that access to knowledge is not determined by funding.
- Long-term archiving and sovereignty of the states and societies, in case of the disruption of publishing societies.
Endorsing these objectives, a French team of researchers and archivists gathered the complete works of Louis Néel and made them publicly available, 50 years after the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Louis Néel, precisely with a ceremony on 10/12/1970. These works can now be perpetually browsed and downloaded from the French repository HAL: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/LOUISNEEL.