The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has decided to pay article processing charges if HHMI-funded scientists choose to publish in open access journals from BioMed Central (BMC). Articles published in BMC journals will be immediately free on the Web. The current BMC linkurl:article-processing charge; ranges from $500 to $2400, depending on the journal. These charges will not come out of an HHMI investigator's budget, so will therefore be in addition to the amount awarded. HHMI linkurl:recently declared; that all funded researchers must make their paper freely available in PubMed by six months after publication. This month, BMC linkurl:announced; that Yale University has discontinued their membership, due to increases in fees which Kenny Marone, director of Yale's medical library, says have grown in excess of $30,000 over the past year. In FY06, HHMI spent $538 million on scientific research. It is the second largest biomedical funder in the U.S. HHMI-funded researchers have...

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