WHO | Joint statement on public disclosure of results from clinical trials

“The signatories of this joint statement affirm that the prospective registration and timely public disclosure of results from all clinical trials is of critical scientific and ethical importance. Furthermore timely results disclosure reduces waste in research, increases value and efficiency in use of funds and reduces reporting bias, which should lead to better decision-making in health.

Within 12 months of becoming a signatory of this statement, we each pledge to develop and implement a policy with mandated timeframes for prospective registration and public disclosure of the results of clinical trials that we fund, co-fund, sponsor or support. We each agree to monitor registration and endorse the development of systems to monitor results reporting on an ongoing basis. We agree to share challenges and progress in the monitoring of these policies. We agree that transparency is important and therefore the outputs from the monitoring process will be publicly available….”

Open, free access to health evidence: a new precedent for Africa | IOL

“One of the SAMRC units, Cochrane South Africa, has procured a national licence that provides ‘one-click’ access to the Cochrane Library for everyone in South Africa. This will provide fair, equal – and free – access to evidence-based Cochrane Reviews for all. It’s a chance for practitioners, policymakers and patients to get up-to-date, scientifically rigorous information about health care.

This is the first time a country in Africa has bought a national licence of this kind, though other low or middle-income countries such as India have already gone this route.”

WHO | Major research funders and international NGOs to implement WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results

“Some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations today agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly.”

Long-awaited OA policy from WHO

“From the +World Health Organization:  “From 1 July 2014, articles authored or co-authored by WHO staff will have to be published in an open-access journal or a hybrid open-access journal under the terms of a Creative Commons 3.0 intergovernmental organization (IGO) ported licence, or in a subscription journal that allows for the depositing of the accepted author manuscript in Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within 12 months of the official publication date. Similarly, articles produced by recipients of WHO funding will have to be published in an open-access journal or a hybrid open-access journal under the terms of a standard Creative Commons licence or in a subscription journal that allows for the depositing of the article in Europe PMC within 12 months of the official publication date….”

Also see my preview of this policy from January 2014…
https://plus.google.com/+PeterSuber/posts/1YjoHUvYvXe
…and almost 100 of my blog posts on WHO steps toward OA over the past 10 years.

http://goo.gl/Lz03rA “

Long-awaited OA policy from WHO

“From the +World Health Organization:  “From 1 July 2014, articles authored or co-authored by WHO staff will have to be published in an open-access journal or a hybrid open-access journal under the terms of a Creative Commons 3.0 intergovernmental organization (IGO) ported licence, or in a subscription journal that allows for the depositing of the accepted author manuscript in Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within 12 months of the official publication date. Similarly, articles produced by recipients of WHO funding will have to be published in an open-access journal or a hybrid open-access journal under the terms of a standard Creative Commons licence or in a subscription journal that allows for the depositing of the article in Europe PMC within 12 months of the official publication date….”

Also see my preview of this policy from January 2014…
https://plus.google.com/+PeterSuber/posts/1YjoHUvYvXe
…and almost 100 of my blog posts on WHO steps toward OA over the past 10 years.

http://goo.gl/Lz03rA “