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January 14, 2006

Major British Medical Journal changes Access Policy

Fiona Godlee, Swept along by the tide, BMJ, January 14, 2006. A short elaboration on the new BMJ access policy. Excerpt by Peter Suber Open Access News blog:

"One unwelcome change for some readers has been the closure of access to the BMJ's non-research articles, which up until now were free for the first week of publication. The change was necessary to maintain subscription revenues. The peer reviewed research articles remain open access (free from the day of publication on bmj.com as well as being on PubMed Central), and the whole journal remains free to most countries in the developing world (those on the HINARI list). Non-research articles become free to all after a year of publication. It is always hard to be asked to pay for something that has been free, but we hope that those readers who don't get the BMJ free through their institution will see enough value in it to pay £20/$37/€30 for a year's full online access."

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