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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Compliance audit for the Wellcome Trust's OA mandate

The Wellcome Trust is taking steps to increase the compliance rate with its OA mandate.  From the January issue of its Grantholders Newsletter:

Open access: compliance audit

Early in 2009 the Trust will be undertaking an audit to assess the level of compliance with its open access (OA) mandate. In cases where we find that papers have not been made available through PMC/UKPMC, in line with our mandate, we will be contacting grantholders (and their institutions) and asking them to explain why this grant condition has not been adhered to.

Grantholders are reminded that it is a condition of grant funding to ensure that all research papers funded in whole or in part by the Wellcome Trust must be made freely accessible through PubMed Central (PMC) and UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as soon as possible, and in any event within six months of publication. Further information can be found in the authorsí guide and FAQ....

The Trust has produced a list of the journals frequently used by Wellcome Trust grantholders, along with advice - at the journal title level - on how to comply with the Trustís open access (OA) requirements in a way that also meets the journalsí publishing policy....