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Implementing Public Access Policies

Funding institutions, both public and private, have an interest in promoting barrier-free access to the scholarly resources created by their funding. A number of such agencies in the US and Europe have developed policies—usually referred to as “public access policies”—that support free public access to scholarly research.

Funding bodies are increasingly requiring the deposit of articles based on funded research into a publicly accessible repository after some embargo period. In addition, some agencies have provided funds to promote open access by payment of author fees.

Examples of funding agencies developing policies on public access and open access:

Public Access Advocacy