Open access to the research literature : a funders perspective

Kiley, Robert and Terry, Robert . Open access to the research literature : a funders perspective., 2006 In: Open Access : Key strategic, technical and economic aspects. Chandos Publishing. (In Press) [Book chapter]


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In a declaration to commemorate the publication of the first draft of the human genome, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton commented that, “unencumbered access to this information will promote discoveries that will reduce the burden of disease, improve health around the world and enhance the quality of life for all human kind” (quoted in BBC, 2000). One of the major funders of the human genome project was the Wellcome Trust , an independent charity that funds research to improve human and animal health. And, having been at the forefront of the decision to make the genome sequencing data freely available, it was perhaps inevitable that this funding body would lead the way in advocating free access to the research literature. If, as the Wellcome believes, it makes sense for scientists to have free access to raw, genomic data – to help realise the promise of this research – then it makes equal sense for scientists to be able to access the outputs (journal articles), to enable this research to be built on and developed. This chapter considers the issues around open access from the perspective of a research funder.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: open access, funders, cost of publishing
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
Depositing user: Robert Kiley
Date deposited: 12 May 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:03


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