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AAAS Forms Partnership to Expand Access to High-Quality Scientific Publishing

14 February 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have formed a partnership to advance scientific communication and open access publishing. The partnership will also ensure open access to research funded by the Gates Foundation and published in the Science family of journals.

Prominent Funding Organizations Team Up to Launch Open Research Funders Group

15 December 2016

Eight highly-visible organizations today announced the launch of the Open Research Funders Group, a partnership designed to increase access to research outputs. With nearly $5 billion in combined annual grants conferred, these organizations are committed to using their positions to foster more open sharing of research articles and data. This openness, the members believe, will accelerate the pace of discovery, reduce information-sharing gaps, encourage innovation, and promote reproducibility.

US Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot Report Takes Additional Steps Towards Open Data, Nods at Open Access to Publications

17 October 2016

This afternoon, Vice President Biden presented a comprehensive report on his Cancer Moonshot Initiative during an event at the White House. He noted that while the Moonshot has sparked a new sense of urgency in the cancer research arena, large challenges remain, including a lack of coordination among researchers, an outdated research funding culture, and (no surprise here) the continued slow communication of crucial information about the disease.

National Guidelines for Open Access in Norway

15 June 2016

The European Union Competitiveness Council recently agreed that all publically funded scientific papers published in Europe should be made free to access by 2020. The Norwegian Government aims to make Norway a cautious forerunner in the work to make research results openly available, the State Secretary Bjørn Haugstad stated at the EU conference on open access in April.

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