Fifth UK Research Council Issues Open Access Mandate

Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council to require self-archiving from its grantees.

A fifth UK Research Councils has issued a self-archiving mandate for all the research papers it funds. The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) has announced that for grants arising from proposals submitted after 1 December 2006 it will be a requirement of grant that copies of papers published as a result if those grants must be deposited in a suitable repository (where one exists and in compliance with publisher’s copyright and licensing policies). This means that only two of the UK’s eight research Councils have no policy supporting open access.

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