The Wellcome Trust states in its grant conditions that the following text should be added to the publishing agreement.
- not withstanding any other provisions of this agreement the journal acknowledges that the researcher will be entitled to deposit an electronic copy of the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PubMed Central (PMC) or UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) once established. Manuscripts deposited with PMC (or UKPMC) may be made freely available to the public, via the internet, within six months of the official publication in the journal.
Research Councils UK
In June 2005 the Research Councils UK published a draft position statement on the issues surrounding the evolving models for the dissemination of and access to research output. Regarding to E-print repositories RCUK sets out the following position:
With regard to the last sentence CURL, SCONUL and CILIP made a proposition to the draft statement.
- Where research is funded by Research Councils and undertaken by researchers with access to an open access e-print repository (institutional or subject-based), Councils will make a condition for all grants awarded from 1 October 2005 that a copy of all resultant published journal articles or conference proceedings (but not necessarily the underlying data) should be deposited in and/or accessible through that repository. Such repositories should be OAI-PMH compliant. Deposit should take place at the earliest opportunity, wherever possible at or around time of publication in accordance with copyright and licensing agreements;
- Deposit should take place as soon as possible but no later than three months after publication;
According to the American National Institute of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy Authors' Manual the NIH Public Access Policy does not affect copyright and explicitly recognises and upholds the principles of copyright. The policy suggests the following kind of language an author might add to a copyright agreement with a publisher:
- The publisher acknowledges that the author retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to NIH upon acceptance for journal publication or thereafter, for public archiving in PubMed Central as soon as possible after publication by the publisher;
- Publishing in this journal is fully compliant with the new National Institute of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy.
In January 2006, the DFG statutory bodies agreed to recommend making research results openly accessible by a modified wording of the approval letters:
- The DFG expects researchers to make their research results publicly available by publishing them digitally and in open access. Research results should therefore either be deposited in subject-based or institutional repositories or, in addition to conventional publications, be published in peer-reviewed and / or highly renowned open access journals. Please point out to the readers that your publication results from a DFG-funded research project;