The Wellcome Trust is dedicated to making as much research as possible open the anyone who wants it — so dedicated, in fact, that it plans to start withholding grant funds from researchers who do not make their research freely available, says The Guardian's Alok Jha. Additionally, the funding organization will discount any papers that are not freely available from any researcher's work record when assessing future applications for funding, Jha adds.

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