WHO and TDR join coalition for free digital access to health research

31 August, 2019

Today, WHO and TDR announce they are joining a coalition of research funders and charitable foundations (cOAlition S) making full and immediate open access to research publications a reality. cOAlition S is built around Plan S, which consists of 10 principles to ensure that the results from publicly-funded research, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.


“There are numerous challenges for researchers, and sadly, one of these is limited access to current science literature. Thanks to the Plan S initiative, this will soon no longer remain a barrier to good research,” said Charles Mgone, Vice Chancellor of Hubert Kairuki Memorial University in Tanzania and Chair of the TDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. “I strongly support the position of WHO and TDR in joining cOAlition S and feel this is another major step forward in achieving universal access to health information.”

Robert TERRY

Manager - Research Policy

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HIFA profile: Rob Terry is Knowledge Manager at TDR - World Health Organization, Switzerland. Professional interests: Health R&D policy, strategy and priority setting particularly in the neglected diseases. Using implementation and operational research to improve public health. Open access and data sharing. Strengthening methods to use evidence to inform policy. He is a member of the HIFA working group on Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice.


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