Elsevier, HHMI and Open Access
March 8th, 2007 by Kaitlin Thaney
Announced today, the agreement will make author manuscripts of articles published in Elsevier and Cell Press journals available to the public (in PubMed Central) six months after publication. The conditions will be applied to articles published after September 1, 2007 on HHMI funded research.
Elsevier has agreed to make both the author manuscripts of original research articles as well as any other data attached to the work available in PubMed Central. HHMI will shoulder the cost for Elsevier to transfer the article and supplemental data to the digital archive, easing the financial burden on individual scientists.
Beyond this agreement, HHMI is also on the cusp of adopting a new policy that would mandate all HHMI funded scientists to make their research articles freely available through PubMed Central within six months of final publication.
Elsevier’s compliance may come as a surprise to some, due to recent press about Elsevier and other major for-profit publishers hiring “PR pit-bull” Eric Dezenhall to take on Open Access. (see our blog entry on this for details)
Peter Suber also provides insightful commentary on this. To read his thoughts on the agreement, visit his blog, Open Access News.