[@OKFNau] Gates Foundation announces Open Access to research results

Anne Cregan anne.cregan at gmail.com
Fri Nov 21 04:17:47 UTC 2014

The Gates Foundation are taking a stand leading the way in providing 
open access to research results from the research they fund.

Let's hope more institutions follow suit.



"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to information sharing 
and transparency. We believe that published research resulting from our 
funding should be promptly and broadly disseminated. We have 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.

"Our Open Access policy contains the following elements:


    *Publications Are Discoverable and Accessible Online.* Publications
    will be deposited in a specified repository(s) with proper tagging
    of metadata.


    *Publication Will Be On "Open Access" Terms.*  All publications
    shall be published under theCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic
    License <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/> (CC BY 4.0) or
    an equivalent license. This will permit all users of the publication
    to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and
    transform and build upon the material, including for any purpose
    (including commercial) without further permission or fees being


    *Foundation Will Pay Necessary Fees.*  The foundation would pay
    reasonable fees required by a publisher to effect publication on
    these terms.


    *Publications Will Be Accessible and Open Immediately.*  All
    publications shall be available immediately upon their publication,
    without any embargo period.   An embargo period is the period during
    which the publisher will require a subscription or the payment of a
    fee to gain access to the publication. We are, however, providing a
    transition period of up to two years from the effective date of the
    policy (or until January 1, 2017).  During the transition period,
    the foundation will allow publications in journals that provide up
    to a 12-month embargo period.


    *Data Underlying Published Research Results Will Be Accessible and
    Open Immediately.*  The foundation will require that data underlying
    the published research results be immediately accessible and open. 
    This too is subject to the transition period and a 12-month embargo
    may be applied.

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