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Deal brokered for free online access to NHS research

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:568
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Under the terms of a new deal between the NHS and the online publisher Biomed Central, NHS staff will be able to place research papers on an open access website without having to pay a fee.

    The move is part of a growing trend to loosen the stranglehold of medical science publishers, through licensing and online viewing fees for research published in their journals, on access to science.

    The three year deal, which will take effect this April, is part of a spend of more than £1m ($1.6m; ‡1.4m) by the NHS on procuring free electronic access to …

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