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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation adopts Open Access policy

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it has adopted an Open Access policy that enables the unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research funded, in whole or in part, by the foundation, including any underlying data sets.

“As of January 1, 2015 our Open Access policy will be effective for all new agreements. During a two-year transition period, publishers will be permitted to apply up to a 12 month embargo period on the accessibility of the publication and its underlying data sets. This embargo period will no longer be allowed after January 1, 2017,” said a statement on the foundation’s website.

Listed below are the elements of the Open Access policy:

  • Publications Are Discoverable and Accessible Online
  • Publication Will Be On “Open Access” Terms
  • Foundation Will Pay Necessary Fees
  • Publications Will Be Accessible and Open Immediately
  • Data Underlying Published Research Results Will Be Accessible and Open Immediately

Read more in this post by Trevor Mundel on the foundation’s Impatient Optimists blog: Knowledge is Power: Sharing Information Can Accelerate Global Health Impact