Open Access Policies - General Information
A number of agencies in the US and Europe have developed policies--usually referred to as "public access policies"--that support free public access to scholarly research.
Examples of funding agencies developing policies on public access and open access:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH), requires that NIH-funded journal articles be avilable to the public on PubMed Central.
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), offers a public access policy that states that all papers funded by CIHR must be freely available online.
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) requries that the articles it funds be avilable freely online and has an agreement to pay the processing charges if published in BioMed Central.
- Wellcome Trust, the United Kingdom's leading biomedical research-funding chartiy, now encourages the formation of open access journals and repositories and commits the trust to paying publication charges for Wellcome Trust-funded research "by permitting Trust researchers to use contingency funds for this purpose."
- The eight UK Research Councils, under the umbrella of Research Councils UK (RCUK), have proposed that research papers arising from council-funded work be depositied in openly available repositories.
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