Academy joins open access repository Europe PMC

The Academy of Medical Sciences is one of the first National Academies in Europe to become a member of Europe PMC, showing its commitment to open access publishing. The Academy joins 26 other life sciences and biomedical research funders of the open access repository.

Starting Monday 1 August, Europe PMC will allow researchers to freely access and reuse Academy-authored and Academy-funded research.

Europe PMC provides free access to worldwide life sciences literature, by hosting nearly 4 million full-text biomedical research articles, over 26 million abstracts from PubMed and over 4 million biological patent records.

The Academy recognises the importance of making the research it funds available to the widest possible audience. Our open access policy makes it a requirement for grant holders to make their peer-reviewed, original research publications available from Europe PMC

This is a great enabler for researchers in developing countries and for smaller higher education institutions that do not have the resources to subscribe to large numbers of publications, allowing them to access information that was previously inaccessible to them.

There are additional benefits for researchers too, as open access articles get a larger number of citations on average. Open access also allows for more innovation in the way information is accessed and consumed, making large scale text mining possible with the creation of digital connections between papers, datasets and databases, across platforms and journal titles. This makes the search process faster and more intuitive, and the research papers more interactive.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said:

"We are proud to join the Open Access movement as supporters of Europe PMC.

"Publishing research on open access journals or repositories provides greater and wider access to research for both scientists and the public that often funds it.

"Equally importantly, it helps reduce the likelihood of duplicating already published work, and increases the opportunity for research results to be reproduced, validated or challenged."

Publishing data in open access format was identified as one of the possible strategies that researchers, publishers and funders can apply to improve the reproducibility and conduct of research.

These strategies were identified at a two days symposium organised by the Academy, called Reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research: improving research practice.

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