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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 154-156

Restricting access to publications from funded research: Ethical issues and solutions


1 Department of Pharmacology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry - 607 402, India
2 Department of Anatomy, Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Medical College & Research Institute, Pondicherry - 605 009, India

Correspondence Address:
S Manikandan
Department of Pharmacology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry - 607 402
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.65286

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India is becoming one of the hubs of clinical research. Commensurate with these advances, the government funding for biomedical research in thrust areas is also increasing. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST) are some of the government organizations which provide financial support for various research projects. The results of the funded research projects are published in various international journals. Most of these journals have an access to paid subscribers only. Hence it is unethical to use the research grants from government (people's money) and not allow the scientific community free access to the results of the study. To tackle such issues, these agencies should sign the Berlin declaration and create open access repositories. A public access policy should be formulated and listed in JULIET. The funding bodies in India should also join Pubmed Central (PMC) to form PMC India so that every investigator who has received grants would submit the full text of the paper published from his study and these can be made freely accessible to everyone. Universities and research institutions should also develop institutional open access repositories. The public access policy has definitive advantages and should be implemented.






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