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Open access takes root at National Cancer Institute

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Science  16 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6454, pp. 629
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6454.629

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In Europe, some public funders have launched a high-profile open-access initiative that would ultimately require grantees to publish only in journals that immediately make papers free to all. Now, one prominent U.S. research program, the Cancer Moonshot at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland, is starting to require immediate open access to the peer-reviewed publications it funds. That is a big change from the current policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NCI's parent agency. NIH requires only that final papers be available through NIH's full-text PubMedCentral site within 12 months of publication—a delay that publishers cherish, saying it safeguards subscription revenues and keeps journals viable.

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