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Trust Pushes for Open Access to Research

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One of the world's largest research charities, the Wellcome Trust, is to support efforts by scientists to make their work freely available for all.

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Dee C (229)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 3:22 pm
The Trust is to establish a free, online publication to compete with established academic journals.

They say their new title could be a "game changer" forcing other publishing houses to increase free access.

More than 9,000 scientists are boycotting a leading paid-for publisher for restricting access to their papers.

The Wellcome Trust's move is the latest salvo in a battle about ownership of, and access to, the published work of scientists that has been simmering underneath the sedate surface of scientific research for years.

The majority of the world's scientific journals are accessible only via subscription, including highly influential titles such as Nature, Science and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Others, such as the Public Library of Science stable, can be read by anybody. The cost of publication falls on the scientists or their institutions.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 7:16 pm
Open Access, Open Source. Part of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Kathy T (54)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 11:16 am
It is a good idea for the online publication to compete with established academic journals.
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