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Wellcome Trust to review its open access policy

8 March 2018

Wellcome Trust are going to do the first full review of their open access policy.

In 2005 Wellcome Trust (WT) became the first research funder to introduce a mandatory open access (OA) policy. This specified that research articles, supported in whole or in part by WT funding, had to be made open access as soon as possible, and in any event with six months of publication.

In the years since, the policy evolved including an expectation that when WT funds are used to cover OA publishing costs, articles must be made available under the Creative Commons attribution licence (CC-BY).

Given significant changes in scholarly communications landscape over the last 10 years or so, Wellcome Trust are undertaking the full review of open access policy to ensure that knowledge and discoveries which arise from WT funding are shared and used in manner that maximises the benefit to health.

The policy review will be undertaken by an internal, Wellcome-wide team who will run an online survey to ascertain what has worked well and where the pain points are. In parallel with the Wellcome review, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be undertaking a review of current RCUK and HEFCE policies in 2018. The review will be carried over the next six months and its outcome will be announced before the end of 2018.

Important information for researchers:

Read more about the Wellcome Trust’s plans for the OA review on their website.

If your research is or was funded by the Wellcome Trust please ensure that publications resulting from this work adhere to the Wellcome Trust open access policy.

If you do not comply with the OA policy, sanctions will apply.

If you work at the University of Bristol, you can find information on how to get open access funding on the University’s library website

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