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Science only progresses as quickly as it is shared. That is why HHMI promotes open access and early sharing through preprints.

At HHMI, we encourage open science practices through our policies, assess research holistically, and engage partners who share a vision for advancing open science. 


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Open Access Publishing

As part of our vision to accelerate scientific discovery, HHMI promotes models of communicating and evaluating research that prioritize transparency and make science more trustworthy. We support open access to research articles so that everyone can benefit from new scientific findings. 

The open access movement — from grassroots efforts to organizational policy — has driven positive changes in scientific publishing. New technologies and models that emphasize transparency and rigor are gaining attention for their potential as nuanced indicators of quality and impact.

HHMI supports these advances and encourages the use of preprints to share findings early and allow for open scholarly review.    

In 2011, in partnership with Wellcome and the Max Planck Society, HHMI launched the open access journal eLife. Since then, eLife’s innovative publishing model has evolved to include transparent peer review of preprints and the elimination of a binary editorial decision after peer review.

HHMI Open Access to Publications Policy 

The Open Access to Publications policyexternal link, opens in a new tab, which took effect January 1, 2022, requires any original, peer-reviewed research articles with a major contribution from an HHMI lab to be made freely and publicly accessible under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Public License by the publication date, as described in the policy.  

This policy is the culmination of two decades of work to promote greater access to scientific research at HHMI, including the drafting of the Bethesda Statement on Open Access in 2003 and becoming one of the first institutions to adopt a public access publishing policy in 2007. We are committed to continuing to evaluate how our policies can promote this access as scholarly publishing evolves.  

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Researcher Assessment

HHMI’s mission to advance science through a “people, not projects" philosophy relies on the ability to identify and nurture outstanding scientific talent. HHMI staff and advisors invest significant time and effort in making the selection and review of HHMI scientists as rigorous and fair as possible.

As a supporting organization of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), HHMI is committed to improving how scientists are recognized and rewarded for their work.

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Community Engagement

HHMI recognizes the transition to open science is a global endeavor that requires the actions of many organizations and individuals. For this reason, HHMI partners with several initiatives that are focused on cultivating culture change to improve scholarly communication and strengthen the reward and recognition system.

By working with these groups, we leverage the collective knowledge of stakeholders that are diverse in their roles, geography, and influence, and share a common interest in improving the research ecosystem.

Open Science at Janelia Research Campus

Our open science philosophy extends to all aspects of our research. At Janelia, we are committed to sharing everything we do — ideas, techniques, data, reagents, tools, and innovations — with the global scientific community.

To ensure our innovations are widely accessible, we strategically partner with other organizations to host and disseminate them. We also invite researchers to come to Janelia to use our state-of-the-art microscopy tools as part of the Advanced Imaging Centerexternal link, opens in a new tab.

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