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That's one billion Euros taxpayer money and you will not be reading the results in an open access journal any time soon.



From the website: http://www.humanbrainproject.eu/ict_platform.html Neuroinformatics Platform, Brain Simulation Platform, Medical Informatics Platform

Extremely useful platforms that should be open. In addition to which I agree with you that they should allow access to their papers.

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According to the work plan (not public as far as I know), all the platforms will be open to researchers not just from Europe but from anywhere in the world.

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Google Scholar lists about 855 papers mentioning the term "blue brain project", the Human Brain Project's predecessor:

http://scholar.google.ca/scholar?q=%22blue+brain+project%22&...

And even though the project has just launched, there are already about 1,980 papers mentioning the term "human brain project":

http://scholar.google.ca/scholar?q=%22human+brain+project%22...

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The "Human Brain Project" was also an NIH funding initiative in the 1990s, which was hugely influential in kickstarting the field of neuroinformatics (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroinformatics)

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Ah, thanks I didn't know about that.

Okay, so to correct my earlier comment to (hopefully) exclude the earlier project, Google Scholar shows about 105 results for "human brain project" in 2012-2013.

http://scholar.google.ca/scholar?q=%22human+brain+project%22...

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'already'? This has been going since 1989, that's a funny definition of already that you are using!

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Yes, but one day they will have - hopefully - results. And a commitment to publish in open access journals should have been part and parcel of a funding round like this. A billion is not exactly pocket change.

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Henry Markram, the coordinator of the Human Brain Project, is also one of the founders of Frontiers (http://frontiersin.org), a scientist-led, open-access publisher, so I think it's fair to say there is already a strong commitment to open access publishing within the project.

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The EU already encourages open access for FP7 (the current funding programme) and it will become even better for the new one called Horizon2020 starting next year. http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/07/european-commission-emb...

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Encouraging is not mandating though. But they're definitely on the right path, now they need to see it through.

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For some projects it is already mandated in the grant agreement. I've heard that this will be extended to all project for Horizon 2020. I am also under the impression, that the EU protects researchers who post the full version of their papers on their websites even when the publisher does not permit it. I could be wrong on the latter.

Certainly, there is always room for improvement.

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