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UKRI signs statement on sharing COVID-19 data and research findings -

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has joined funding agencies and organisations across the world in committing to the rapid and widespread sharing of research data and findings relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic to help the global effort against the virus.

UKRI has signed a statement containing a commitment from more than 160 organisations, including Wellcome, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and funding agencies and publishers across the world, to make the findings of research relevant to the virus widely available.

The statement contains a commitment for signatories to work together to help ensure that all peer-reviewed research publications relevant to the outbreak are made immediately open access, or freely available at least for the duration of the outbreak. Research findings relevant to the outbreak are shared immediately with the World Health Organisation (WHO) upon journal submission, by the journal and with author knowledge. Research findings are made available via preprint servers before journal publication, or via platforms that make papers openly accessible before peer review, with clear statements regarding the availability of underlying data. Researchers share interim and final research data relating to the outbreak, together with protocols and standards used to collect the data, as rapidly and widely as possible - including with public health and research communities and the WHO. Authors are clear that data or preprints shared ahead of submission will not pre-empt its publication in the journals.

UKRI funded research into the virus requires to adhere to the statement and to share research data and research results as soon as possible.

UKRI is providing regular updates on the impact of COVID-19 on UKRI-supported research and innovation communities through https://www.ukri.org/news/coronavirus-impact-on-ukri-supported-research/.

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