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MND Association Open Access Policy

The Motor Neurone Disease Association believe that the key to defeating MND lies in fostering strong collaboration between leading researchers around the world and sharing new understanding of the disease as rapidly as possible.

Our open access policy forms part of this intention. The MND Association:

  • Expects authors of research papers to maximise the opportunities to make their results available for free
  • Requires grantees of awards from the MND Association from 2011 onwards to make their peer reviewed papers, directly arising from the grant, available through open access. These research papers should be available within the Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) repository as soon as possible but within 6 months of publication of the paper
  • Provides a model for payment of open access fees for awards from 2011 onwards. Costs for payment of open access fees should not be incorporated into applications for research grant funding and will not be included as part of our grant awards. Where research has been jointly funded by another organisation, requests for open access fees will be considered on case-by-case basis
  • Encourages grantees of awards made prior to 2011 to make their full text papers available within Europe PMC
  • Encourages (and where we pay an open access fee require) authors and publishers to licence research papers such that they may be freely copied and re-used (for example for text and data-mining purposes), provided that such uses are fully attributed
  • Affirms the principle that it is the instrinsic merit of the work, and not the title of the journal on which an author’s work is published, that should be considered in making funding decisions

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