May 26, 2022

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Announces Open Access Publishing Policy & Joins Coalition S

From HHMI:

Advocating for broader immediate access to published scientific research, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) today announced significant changes to its publishing policy. The new policy, which will take effect on January 1, 2022, will require all HHMI laboratory heads to publish in a manner that makes their research articles freely available on the publication date under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

HHMI’s policy outlines the new requirements and a number of options that HHMI scientists have to meet this open access mandate. The goal of the policy is to ensure that when HHMI research is published, it is shared with immediate open access and without restrictions on subsequent use, enabling others to build on the work to accelerate discovery.

The policy announced today aligns with the principles of Plan S, which was developed by the cOAlition S organizations, a group leading the open access movement in Europe and elsewhere. Plan S takes effect in January 2021. With today’s announcement, HHMI is joining other participants in cOAlition S, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome, in the drive towards open access publishing.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Coalition S Announcement About HHMI Joining Group

See Also: Templeton World Charity Foundation Joins Coalition S

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