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January 16, 2008

Open Access Mandate from the European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC), a relatively new granting agency with deep pockets, has released its Guidelines for Open Access:

The ERC requires that all peer-reviewed publications from ERC-funded research projects be deposited on publication into an appropriate research repository where available, such as PubMed Central, ArXiv or an institutional repository, and subsequently made Open Access within 6 months of publication.

This news is especially exciting as the ERC will shortly be announcing (PDF) it's first round of grant recipients, some 300 up-and-coming scientists from 21 countries and 170 institutions. Together they will share around 6 billion Euros over the next six years. Grant sizes will be for up to 2 million Euros per 5 year period.

The ERC joins a growing list of granting agencies that are requiring that publications resulting from their funds be made openly accessible within 6-12 months of publication.

Posted by Katie Newman at January 16, 2008 5:43 PM