US Congress and European Research Council insist on open access to research results

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:176
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

    The US Congress and the European Research Council (ERC) have announced mandatory open access policies that direct researchers to deposit their manuscripts with PubMed Central or other specified online medical databases that are freely available to the public.

    The US mandate was signed into law by the president, George Bush, on 26 December and follows nearly four years of contentious debate. The Association of American Publishers opposed the policy, saying that it “eliminates the concept of permission and effectively allows the agency to take important property interests without compensation, including the value added to the article …

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