The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced an Open Access Policy to grant “unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research funded, in whole or in part, by the foundation, including any underlying data sets.” Under the policy, “all publications shall be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License (CC-BY 4.0) or an equivalent license.” There will be a two year transition period during which publishers can apply a 12 month embargo on Gates Foundation-funded publications. Effective January 2017, the transition period ends, and all publications must be open.
CCUSA Director Michael Carroll issued the following statement:
The Gates Foundation deserves great credit for understanding how full open access provides the best return on its investment in research. By requiring the researchers it funds to make their results available under full open access terms, the Foundation has concluded that there are enough open access publishing options available to provide the public with immediate access while assuring that researchers will receive the credit they deserve for the advances in human understanding that their research makes.
For more on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Open Access Policy, see