However, the traditional model of scientific publication has for years locked research data away in subscription journals, allowing access only in return for payment. This may not present a problem to scientists working in well-funded research institutions, but it can prevent those working in developing countries or at less affluent institutes from accessing the latest research findings in their field. Worldwide Cancer Research was founded on an understanding that excellent science can come from researchers anywhere in the world, so this is a concern.
Worldwide Cancer Research also subscribes to the principle that the findings of research supported by charitable donations ought to be freely available to the public that funded it.
New models of open access scientific publishing have emerged over the last decade which now offer an alternative to the traditional publishing route. We believe that unrestricted access to published research data is important; therefore we have adopted a policy to mandate that research generated by Worldwide Cancer Research grants awarded from October 2013 must be published in open access form. This new policy will help ensure that the data produced through Worldwide Cancer Research grants have maximum visibility, use and impact.
Read in full our Open Access Publishing Policy.
See here for guidance to help Worldwide Cancer Research grant holders comply with this policy.
Download this application form if you wish to apply for the reimbursement of article processing costs.
Read the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) statement on open access here.