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The Wellcome Library launches new Open Access fund for its users

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The Wellcome Library is a part of the Wellcome Trust and specializes in medical history. It holds two and a half million titles, and a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and public understanding of science. And the good news is that it has just launched an Open Access fund for its users.

The purpose of the fund is to help to publish papers, monographs and book chapters in an open access form. The fund is aimed at anyone who has a peer-reviewed work accepted for publication, “draws significantly on the Library’s collections”, but has not yet raised the money to publish in open access. The material will be deposited in Europe PubMed Central and will be freely accessible to anyone.

Researchers can receive the grant, provided that:

1) The research article, monograph or book chapter is substantively informed by the Wellcome Library’s collection

2) It has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication

3) The researcher must not already be in receipt of funding that could be used to pay the open access publishing costs.

However, there are additional conditions that have to be met in order to receive funding. For example, the journal article must be available under a CC-BY 3.0 license. The Wellcome Library also prefers if books or chapters use the same license. It will however accept more restrictive open access licences. Importantly, self-published or privately published books or book chapters are not eligible.

More about the Wellcome Library Open Access Fund can be found HERE and HERE

The application form can be obtained from HERE

 

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