Last month began with UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) rebranding itself as Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), reflecting a growing commitment from European life sciences research funders to make their research freely available. UKPMC was originally launched in January 2007 as a mirror of the US National Institute of Health’s PubMed Central, but has diversified since then. In July, the European Research Council became the third European funder to join UKPMC, leading to the decision for the service to rebrand itself as Europe PMC.
Also last month, the Berlin Open Access Conference was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The meeting takes place annually with the aim of supporting continued adoption of the principles outlined in the Berlin Declaration. This year marks the first time the conference was held in Africa, and during the opening address, open access was identified as an important part of accelerating the development of Africa.
Below is a roundup of some of the other open access highlights from the past month:
• NIH to begin enforcing Open Access Policy
In a statement, the NIH said that from spring 2013 it would block the renewal of grant awards in cases where journal publications arising from the award do not comply with its open access policy
• RCUK announces block grants for universities to aid drives to open access
Research Councils UK has announced details of the funding mechanism that it is introducing to aid implementation of its policy on Open Access due to come into effect in April 2013
• Green or gold? Open access after Finch
Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford and a member of the Working Group on Expanding Access, offers a perspective on the future of open access publishing following the Finch Report
• Implementing Open Access Mandates in Europe
The OpenAIRE project has published a document highlighting existing open access policies in Europe. It also provides an overview of publishers’ self-archiving policies and highlights the strategies needed to implement these policies