May 18, 2022

World Health Organization Commits to Open Access, Joins PubMed Central Europe

From The Wellcome Library and Europe PubMed Central Blog:

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will become a member of the open access repository Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), joining 25 other life sciences and biomedical research funders.2014-05-01_09-40-35

The announcement is in preparation for the launch of the WHO open access policy on July 1, 2014.


Europe PMC provides free access to nearly 3 million full-text biomedical research articles, over 23m abstracts from PubMed and 4m biological and patent records. This content is discoverable via an integrated full-text and abstract search, and includes citation information and links to research databases.

Europe PMC is managed and developed by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) on behalf of Europe PMC’s funders. Since 2006, Europe PMC has grown from being a simple mirror of the US National Center for Biotechnology Information’s PubMed Central database to being a standalone site, providing critical infrastructure for European funders who require open access for their research outputs.

Direct to Europe PMC and Europe PMC Labs

See Also: WHO’s vision for information sharing (January 2014)

Learn More: Europe PMC 2013 Annual Report

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