On March 13, the United States Office for Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) initiated a campaign which is supported by the National Science Advisors of 12 other countries. The request is to deposit all published articles (Version of Record) reporting on research results related to Covid19 in the repositories of PubMed Central (PMC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The campaign is asking to let researchers have free access, full reuse rights, and text and data mining (TDM) rights. At Springer Nature, we have already been supporting earlier initiatives to give readers early access to all Covid19 related research results. The recent campaign expands the sharing of research results which started in January. In the framework of this recent campaign we have deposited close to 9000 journal articles and 3000 book chapters on Corona viruses published over the past few years. Going forward, we will apply keyword searches to recognize newly published relevant content for further ongoing depositing.
The rights that Springer Nature and other publishers are granting to PMC and WHO will be in effect for the duration of the Covid19 crisis, i.e. until the WHO declares the end of this Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).