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Gates Foundation announces world’s strongest policy on open access research

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the world's strongest policy in support of open research and open data. If strictly enforced, it would prevent Gates-funded researchers from publishing in well-known journals such as Nature and Science.”

Read more in the linked blog post.  A two year grace period, until 2017, is available to researchers.

– Effective on all new agreements as of Jan. 1, 2015
– Publishers permitted a 12 month embargo; but no longer allowed after January 1, 2017
– Articles published under a CC-BY license
– Foundation will pay the necessary fees
– Data underlying published research results will be accessible and open

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Open Access Policy:

Publishers Allowing use of their PDFs in Repositories

More than 300 publishers listed on RoMEO allow authors to deposit the publisher version or PDF of their article in an Institutional Repository, without fee or an embargo.  If you are affiliated with UVic and have published with one of these publisher, please consider depositing your work in UVicSpace!  go to and click on About UVicSpace.