Open-access mandate at the Gates Foundation.

This is big, and not only because the Gates Foundation is big. The policy applies to both texts and data, requires CC-BY licenses, and is the first OA policy anywhere to give publishers fair warning that after a two-year transition period it will cut the permissible embargo from 12 months to zero. Kudos to all involved.

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to information sharing and transparency. We believe that published research resulting from our funding should be promptly and broadly disseminated. We have adopted an Open Access policy that enables the unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research funded, in whole or in part, by the foundation, including any underlying data sets. As of January 1, 2015 our Open Access policy will be effective for all new agreements. During a two-year transition period, publishers will be permitted to apply up to a 12 month embargo period on the accessibility of the publication and its underlying data sets. This embargo period will no longer be allowed after January 1, 2017...."

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