The campaigners say that the results of public and charity-funded scientific research should be freely available to anyone who wants to read it, for whatever purpose they need it. An estimated 9,000 researchers have already signed up to a boycott of journals with restricted sharing to help revolutionise the spread of knowledge and promote an “academic spring”.
However this intervention of the Wellcome Trust, the largest non-governmental funder of medical research after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is likely to incite it by forcing academics it funds to publish in open online journals.
Sir Mark Walport, the director of Wellcome Trust which spends more than £600m on scientific research a year, said “that they would soon adopt a more robust approach with the scientists it funds, to ensure that results are freely available to the public within six months of first publication”
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