October 1st 2006 is a major milestone for the open access movement. There are now five major UK research funders which require open access to the published results of all the research that they fund.
The Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and National Environmental Research Council (NERC) have all introduced policies requiring deposition in an open access repository, which took effect on October 1st 2006.
These new policies come into effect on the anniversary of the introduction of the Wellcome Trust's policy on open access, on October 1st 2005.
Matthew Cockerill, PhD
Publisher, BioMed Central
Posted by Katie Newman at October 13, 2006 10:55 AM