The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the medical charity, will require all research conducted with foundation funding to be published only in journals that allow immediate open access as of 1 January 2015. The move follows steadily growing pressure on publishers to permit open access.

The call for open access has gained considerable traction over the past decade and it is now the policy of many research funders to require researchers to make their papers free to read, download and reuse in various ways. “We believe that published research resulting from our funding should be promptly and broadly disseminated,” the foundation states. Once made open, papers must be published under a licence that legally allows unrestricted reuse — including for commercial purposes. This demand goes further than any other funding agency has dared.

Read more on the Dutch funding policy for 2015 in the post: NWO will revise publication rules (30 October 2014).

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