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Wellcome insists on open access

As of October, all new grant recipients will be required to deposit papers with PubMed Central

Stephen Pincock(Stephen@thescientisteurope.com)

Britain's Wellcome Trust said today (May 19) that after October 1 of this year, all new grant recipients will be required to post any papers arising from the funded research in an open-access repository.

The trust, the United Kingdom's biggest nongovernment funder of life sciences research, said that grant recipients would need to deposit their papers within 6 months of publication, either with the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) PubMed Central or with a UK version the Wellcome Trust and others want to establish.

"Everyone, everywhere will be able to read the results of the research that we fund," said Mark Walport, director of the trust, in a statement. "PubMed Central provides a link from research to other papers and sources of data and greatly improves the power and efficiency of research. Digital archives are only as good as the information stored in them. That's why we feel it's...

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