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UK PubMed Central Update

The European Research Council (ERC) announced today that it will participate in the UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) open access repository service, joining 18 existing UK and European funders. The ERC becomes the third European funder to join UKPMC, following Telethon Italy and the Austrian Research Fund.

As a result of this participation, the existing funders have agreed that the service will be rebranded as ‘Europe PubMed Central’ (Europe PMC) by November 1, 2012. A key aim of this initiative is to extend the repository further and encourage other European funders of life sciences research to make the outputs of the research they fund freely available through Europe PMC.

For more information see the announcement from the Wellcome Trust. NLM’s PMC team deserves a lot of credit for UKPMC to expand like this. It speaks to both the quality of the underlying software and the manner in which PMC has worked with the partner sites to ensure their integrity.

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