Australia to Open Publicly Financed Biomedical Research

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council said it would require that the published results of all research it helps pay for be made publicly accessible in institutional repositories within 12 months of publication. The policy, which is to take effect in July, puts the council in line with other major supporters of scientific research, including the National Institutes of Health and Britain’s Wellcome Trust.

“The next steps will be improving public and other researchers’ access to publicly funded data,” Warwick Anderson, the council’s chief executive officer, wrote in a blog post announcing the policy. “In this second decade of the 21st century, those who pay for research through their taxes or through donations increasingly expect to be able to access what they have paid for. This expectation will only grow.”