Wellcome Joins Chorus Calling for Free Online Access to Medical Research

Ryan McBride | FierceBiotechIT | April 10, 2012

Wellcome Trust no longer wants to pay for medical research that ends up guarded behind a pay wall, and the U.K.'s largest private funder of medical research is considering several ways to bring a proverbial wrecking ball to such pay walls and make research papers available for free online under an open-access framework.

The charity's efforts are a direct assault on the model that the publishers of go-to journals such as Nature and Science have used to charge universities millions of dollars for access to academic research. Wellcome, which pumps more than £600 million ($952 million) per year into medical research, aims to attach some strings to its grants that would, for instance, require that research funded by the charity become available free to the public within 6 months of publication, The Guardian reports...