The Company of Biologists (COB) – publishers of Development and Journal of Cell Science – has announced a new policy in which papers published by researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust or the Medical Research Council will be automatically deposited in PMC (and mirrored to UKPMC).
The Company of Biologists will deposit the final version of all Wellcome Trust / MRC funded articles, and make these available within 6-months of publication. No fee is levied for this service.
The COB also offer an author-pays option, in which papers are made available with no embargo. The Wellcome Trust is currently in negotiations with the COB to determine whether these articles will be licenced in ways which meets the requirements of the Wellcome Trust.
When more information is available, I’ll post details in this blog.
**Update: 6th March 2009.
The COB has confirmed that the deposition policy applies to all funders who mandate deposition in PubMed Central.
COB will deposit UKPMC funder-attributed papers (e.g. Wellcome, MRC, BHF, CR-UK etc.) at PMC and allow these to be mirrored to UKPMC.