The Wellcome Trust has announced that it is to extend its open access policy to include all scholarly monographs and book chapters written by its grantholders as part of their Trust-funded research.
Since 2006, the Trust’s open access policy has required that all original research papers funded in whole or in part by the Trust be made available via the Europe PubMed Central repository.
However, key research findings published as scholarly monographs or book chapters had until now have not been included in the open access policy.
Simon Chaplin, Head of the Wellcome Library, says: “We are deeply committed to ensuring that the published outputs of our funded research are made freely available. We recognise that a significant amount of scholarly work is published in monographs and book chapters and we want to ensure that these, too, reach as wide an audience as possible. This will allow the knowledge to be built upon in order to maximise health and public benefit, and foster a richer research culture.”
The extended policy will become effective for holders of grants awarded after 1 October 2013, and for existing grantholders from October 2014.
As with its existing open access policy, the Wellcome Trust will make funds available for the payment of publishers’ open access monograph processing charges. These funds will be distributed in the same way as current open access funds, primarily via block grants to institutions.
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(Text edited from original article found at www.wellcome.ac.uk)