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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wellcome Trust increases funding for gold OA

Trustís £1 million commitment to open access, an announcement from the Wellcome Trust, October 14, 2008.  Excerpt:

For 2008-2009, the Trust has committed over £1 million to meet open access fees. Today, on Open Access Day, researchers are reminded that they are required to make any Trust-funded publications available through PubMed Central (PMC) and UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as soon as possible and, in any event, within six months of the journal publisherís official date of final publication.

Introduced in October 2006, the Trustís open access policy ensures that all Trust-funded research is made freely available online. This, in turn, means that the research supported by the Trust is reached, read and built upon as much as possible, fostering a richer research culture.

The Trust will cover open access charges, and encourages its researchers to select the Ďauthor paysí option where available. Papers published under this model are automatically deposited in PMC and UKPMC by the publisher - thus removing the burden on the author - and are licensed in a way that facilitates re-use, subject to proper attribution....

Comment.  Wellcome's welcome new funding draws attention to its gold OA policy, which is often overlooked behind the more prominent green OA policy.  The WT is one of the only funders anywhere to require green OA and encourage gold OA, the concise recommendation of the Berlin 3 meeting, and one of the few to go beyond gratis OA and require libre OA when it pays gold OA publication fees.