Opening Access to Health Research

A consortium of charities has created a new fund to make research more accessible. The Charity Open Access Fund is designed to enable researchers gain access to articles which require subscriptions in an attempt to share research and promote innovation.

The charities are ARTHRITIS Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, and the Wellcome Trust. The fund is a two-year pilot and will collect around £12 million into a single pot of money, available to researchers who are funded by any of the charities and based at any of 36 universities and research institutes covered by the scheme.

From 1 October this year, researchers can apply through their universities to access the fund, which will pay the article processing charge to make their work freely available as soon as it is published.
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