News story, 26 July 2012
CABI supports DFID open access policy
CABI, the international publisher, knowledge management and development organization, has welcomed the initiative by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to make all research funded by them freely available.
“It is unarguable that research that has been funded in order to improve the lives of people in poorer countries should be freely accessible and easily discoverable,” said Martin Parr, Programme Manager at CABI, who is responsible for running R4D, DFID’s online repository of research outputs. “We have been working closely with DFID to develop the open access policy and to ensure that R4D both makes it easier for people to find open access research outputs and helps DFID check that their policy is working.”
R4D was initially established in 2006 and was developed and subsequently managed by CABI. As a result of working with DFID on its open access policy, R4D now contains information about the open access status of each record, links to information from the Directory of Open Access Journals, and links to other DFID open-access research.
“Having already played a major role in opening up access to a wide variety of research materials and grey literature, we believe that R4D will be a very powerful tool in supporting DFID’s open access policy, and ensuring the widest possible dissemination of the fruits of academic research for the benefit of developing countries,” said Martin Parr.