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Publicly funded research in the UK must be freely accessible

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:112
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Publicly funded research must be made accessible and free of charge to the public, recommended a statement published this week by research councils in the United Kingdom.

    The statement said that information derived from publicly funded research must be made available at no charge for public use as widely, rapidly, and effectively as is practical.

    It also advised that published research findings must be subject to rigorous quality assurance, through effective peer review mechanisms, and that mechanisms for publication and access to research results must be efficient and cost effective. Finally, the outputs from current and future research must be …

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