Good news for open access supporters! Four European research donors will mandate that research outputs from their funding be freely available through the UK PubMed Central (UKPMC). (The Health Research Board Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Telethon Italy and the Austrian Science Fund). Stipulation from the donor is an extremely effective route to open access, removing institutional barriers and boosting motivation to get this done! And, as the article points out there are benefits to the funder; “…providing the functionality – through text and data mining technologies – to integrate research articles with a range of other online sources”
See the Wellcome Trust press release with the news for more details.
Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, one of the principal funders of UKPMC said:
“Free access to peer-reviewed research is essential for facilitating progress in biomedicine. I am delighted that these European funders have thrown their support behind UKPMC, and hope that other European research funders will follow their example. This should enable us to build on the success of the repository and expand to a Europe-wide service.””
Some background to UKPMC:
“Launched in January 2007, UKPMC is a free-to-access digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences research. As of February 2010, it holds over 1.7 million full text articles. The ambition of the repository is to become the information resource of choice for the UK biomedical and health research communities and eventually to expand to become ‘Europe PubMed Central’.
(I first spotted this item on the “Ninth Level Ireland blog” so thanks to them for picking it up and passing it on!)