Why do we make our research freely available?
At its simplest: because freely accessible research is good for science.
And because freely accessible research is essential for the Crick to achieve its aims. By removing barriers to accessing and analysing research and data, our research reaches the widest possible audience.
Transparency and accessibility benefits our researchers as well. It can lead to wider discussions and higher citation levels. And can help kick-start new collaborations with other research groups working on similar areas.
Open access also means easier access for people outside of academia such as the wider public, health workers and research institutions around the world.
- The Crick is committed to immediate, unrestricted access to the published outputs of research through open access.
- The choice of which journal to publish research results in is a decision for the individual researcher. When assessing research quality the Crick considers that it is the quality of the research, and not where an author has published, that is of paramount importance.
- The Crick requires electronic copies of papers to be made available through PubMedCentral as soon as possible and certainly not later than six months after publication.
- The Crick has a preference for immediate open access – even if this means payment is required.
- This policy applies to papers with Crick authors even where they are not the corresponding author.
- The Crick has the ability to cover article-processing charges (APCs) as part of its core budget.
Discovery without boundaries is open
A key pillar of our founders’ funding is that we make all of our research freely accessible.
We’ve furthered this commitment by:
- Signing the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age, to help remove barriers to content mining.
- Signing the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), to help improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.
- Accepting preprints as citations in employment applications and group leader reviews, in recognition of the value of preprints in accelerating dissemination of research results.