WHO backs universal free access to health research

It’s not a question – it’s another problem for publishers who produce for-profit journals

The World Health Organisation states it is the first UN agency to sign-up to the Plan S open access principals. The European originating Plan S requires publicly funded research to be published in open access journals or on platforms, or deposited with no embargo period in OA repositories. Publishers income would come from payments to publish.

WHO already requires research it funds to be published OA but signing on to S sends a signal. “By joining this coalition, we believe we can accelerate progress towards universal free access to health research – an ambition that supports our current strategy of one billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage over the next five years,” says the organisation’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminatha.


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