Earlier this month, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced its ‘Policy on Access to Research Outputs’, stating that all EPSRC-funded research must be published as open access (OA) documents. From September 1st 2011, all research must be published as either ‘Gold’ or ‘Green’ OA with the decision resting with the author.
EPSRC joins numerous major funding agencies, such as the Wellcome Trust, NIH and NSF, in adopting an OA mandate. This policy has been adopted “in recognition of the need for increased availability and
accessibility of publicly funded research findings.” Further information is available on their