[open-science] The Gates Foundation's new Open Access policy

Ross Mounce ross.mounce at gmail.com
Thu Nov 20 21:23:52 UTC 2014

Hi all,

This is a vision of the near future.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have published their new Open Access /
Open Data policy:

There's an (unnecessary) 2-year transition period in which
publisher-imposed embargo periods will be tolerated. But after this, from
January 1st, 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

   *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 required.

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

   *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."

Ross Mounce, PhD
Fossils, Phylogeny and Macroevolution Research Group
University of Bath, 4 South Building, Lab 1.07
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