Europe PubMed Central Blog: UKPMC becomes Europe PubMed Central
We are delighted to launch Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), which reflects a growing commitment from European Life Sciences research funders to make their research freely available around the world. As announced in July, the European Research Council (ERC) becomes the third European funder to join UKPMC, following Telethon Italy and the Austrian Research Fund. As a result of this participation, the 18 existing UK and European funders agreed that the UKPMC service should be rebranded as Europe PMC by 1 November 2012. The service can now be found at the following URLs ... Europe PMC now provides free access to:  Over 2 million full text, peer-reviewed published journal articles  Nearly 5 million biological and medical patents records  More than 22 million PubMed abstracts  Over 40,000 grants held by nearly 20,000 principal investigators allowing you to find out who is being funded, to do what, and for how much. A key aim of the rebrand to Europe PMC is to extend the repository further and encourage other European funders of life sciences research to make the outputs of the research they fund freely available through Europe PMC. The decision of the ERC to join the expanded Europe PMC resource comes at a time when providing free access to research outputs is being championed at the highest levels within the UK and Europe..."