Sunday, September 17, 2006

Biomed Central survey of funder policies on open access

Biomed Central has released initial results from a survey of major biomedical research funding agencies regarding their support for and policies regarding open access publishing.

Their summary of findings so far (33 responses from 75 funding agencies surveyed):
- 31 funders have confirmed that they are willing to fund article processing charges
- 16 funders are signatories of one of the major international declarations in support of open access
- 15 funders have an official policy in support of open access
- 11 of these funder policies encourage or in some cases require funding recipients to deposit resulting research articles in an open access repository

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