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According to a new plan from the UK's government, 2014 is set to be the year of open access, reports The Guardian's Ian Sample. The government has unveiled a plan to make publicly funded research immediately available to the public for free within the next two years, Sample says. The papers will be put online, and universities, companies, and individuals all over the world will be able to access the studies.

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