Plan U: Universal access to scientific and medical research via funder preprint mandates

Sever, R., Eisen, M., Inglis, J. (June 2019) Plan U: Universal access to scientific and medical research via funder preprint mandates. PLoS Biol, 17 (6). e3000273. ISSN 1544-9173

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Preprint servers such as arXiv and bioRxiv represent a highly successful and relatively low cost mechanism for providing free access to research findings. By decoupling the dissemination of manuscripts from the much slower process of evaluation and certification by journals, preprints also significantly accelerate the pace of research itself by allowing other researchers to begin building on new results immediately. If all funding agencies were to mandate posting of preprints by grantees-an approach we term Plan U (for "universal")-free access to the world's scientific output for everyone would be achieved with minimal effort. Moreover, the existence of all articles as preprints would create a fertile environment for experimentation with new peer review and research evaluation initiatives, which would benefit from a reduced barrier to entry because hosting and archiving costs were already covered.

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Depositing User: Matthew Dunn
Date: 4 June 2019
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 18:27
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 19:54
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