Nature to provide open access to primary genome sequences

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced that it is introducing a Creative Commons license for original research articles publishing the primary sequence of an organism’s genome for the first time in any Nature journals.

The Creative Commons license will enable researchers to freely share and adapt the work, provided the original is attributed and not used for commercial purposes, and that any resulting work is distributed under a similar license. No publication fees will be applicable, and the articles will be available free of charge.

Nature Publishing Group has published first reports on many significant publicly-funded genome sequencing and analysis projects, most notably the human genome, published in Nature in February 2001. Wherever possible, NPG will apply the Creative Commons license retrospectively to original research articles reporting novel primary genome-wide sequences that have previously been published in Nature journals.

See the full press release here.

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