The European Union has thrown its weight behind a transition to open access for publicly-funded research outputs, with a proposed requirement for all peer-reviewed research funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme to be made freely available.
This will mean all researchers receiving funding from the EUR80 billion Horizon programme between 2014 and 2020 will be expected to publish either in an open access journal, or in a journal that allows a version to be deposited in a repository. This is currently the case for some projects in the EU FP7 programme, under the OpenAIRE pilot.
THE reports the latest move to back open access in the article 'Muscle from Brussels as open access gets an €80bn boost'
This follows a recent announcement from the World Bank on its plans for a new open access policy to be implemented in July 2012. The World Bank launched its Open Knowledge Repository in April and will use the repository to publish research including books, journal articles and data under a Creative Commons licence.