Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO and Open Access

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO and Open Access

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As part of WHO's reform process, a new policy on open access came into force on 1 July making work by WHO authors, or funded by WHO, that is published in external journals or books, fully accessible to readers free of charge.

In the past, such articles, studies or chapters that appeared in external publications could often only be accessed by readers if they paid a fee. At the same time, copyright agreements with the external publishers imposed restrictions on how these works could be reused.

The information that WHO publishes is freely available on WHO's website www.who.int. The objective of the new WHO policy on open access is to ensure that articles or chapters published in non-WHO publications that are authored or co-authored by WHO staff or produced by individuals or institutions funded in whole or in part by WHO are now also freely available to the public.

"Knowledge generated with public funds should be accessible to everyone, without any restrictions, and this has been the driver in reforming information sharing at WHO," said Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, director of WHO's Knowledge, Ethics and Research department.

From now on, WHO staff and recipients of WHO funding who wish to publish outside the Organization must choose a journal or publication that complies with WHO's open-access policy. …

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