are delighted to launch Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), which reflects a
growing commitment from European Life Sciences research funders to make their research
freely available around the world.
in July, the European Research Council (ERC)
becomes the third European funder to join UKPMC, following Telethon Italy and
the Austrian Research Fund. As a result of this participation, the 18 existing UK
and European funders agreed that the UKPMC service should be rebranded as Europe
PMC by 1 November 2012.
service can now be found at the following URLs:
Europe PMC: http://europepmc.org
Europe PMC plus: http://plus.europepmc.org
managing grants and publications for Europe PMC funder-supported researchers).
PMC labs: http://labs.europepmc.org
content of Europe PMC).
was originally launched in January 2007, initially as a mirror of the US
National Institute of Health’s PubMed Central (PMC), providing international
preservation of open- and free-access
biomedical literature. The UKPMC funders require that research papers
funded by them must be made freely
available via UKPMC no later than 6 months after publication.
PubMed abstracts and biological patents, with innovations for navigation and search. Europe PMC now provides
free access to:
- Over 2 million full text, peer-reviewed published journal
- Nearly 5 million biological and medical patents records
- More than 22 million PubMed abstracts
- Over 40,000 grants held by nearly 20,000 principal
investigators allowing you to find out who is being funded, to do what, and for
abstract search that is free to all to use, wherever you are. You can also use Europe
- See ‘cited by’ information
for each article – you can now identify highly cited articles by using the
citation sort tool.
- Streamline your
information discovery by directly linking-out
to gene, protein and chemical compound databases, including UniProt, PDB, and Entrez
- Stay up to date
with new articles in your research area using the fully customisable RSS feeds.
further and encourage other European funders of life sciences research to make
the outputs of the research they fund freely available through Europe PMC.
decision of the ERC to join the expanded Europe PMC resource comes at a time
when providing free access to research outputs is being championed at the
highest levels within the UK and Europe.
David Willets, the UK’s Science Minister, this year committed the UK government to the principle of providing “public access to publicly-funded research results”,
Kroes, Vice-President of the
European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, stated “we need more
timely access to scientific articles in Europe.
We need Open Access to scientific information“. Europe
PMC is committed to playing a key role in realising these ambitions.
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