The title of this entry was said Max Perutz and quoted by Tom Cech, president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in his May 2007 letter to HHMI researchers. What he is referring to, of course, is that the best research occurs where researchers have access to all the research that has gone before them. Where research is not hidden behind firewalls or other barriers to which only the elite have access.
Earlier this year Cech announced that the HHMI had paid money to Elsevier in order for papers published by HHMI authors in Elsevier or Cell Press journals to be routinely deposited in PubMed Central after six months. Negotiations are under way to expand this process to other publishers. This agreement relieves the burden from the authors to deposit their pre-print versions, provides that the deposited version will be the version of record, ensures better worldwide access to all the output of the HHMI authors, and sets the access bar high for other major granting agencies.
Posted by Katie Newman at May 18, 2007 1:33 PM