We support open science and open access to research for two reasons. First, Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc (TWCF) seeks to support discovery science within Sir John Templeton’s mandate. Such research can have a significant impact, but only if it can earn the trust of the broader scientific community. This is particularly vital for projects that aim to make impactful or contrarian discoveries because they carry a higher burden of proof.
Second, TWCF has embraced a global mandate to support projects wherever they can have the greatest impact. It is crucial for this vision that the outputs of projects which we suppport, are openly accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
We expect our researchers to publish their findings online as high-quality, peer-reviewed research articles, monographs, and book chapters. Ultimately, we are willing to support reasonable publication costs and expect such publications to be available free of charge. Providing free online access to published research will maximize the availability and usability of publications, and make sure the research we fund can be built upon. To this end, TWCF embraces the following open access policy which is in line with the key principles of Plan S. The overarching aim of our Open Access (OA) policy is to make sure that knowledge and discoveries resulting from our funding are shared and used in a way that maximizes their benefit.
We support scientific research across a range of disciplines, and appreciate that this policy will have a greater impact in some disciplines than others. We remain committed to providing a supportive environment for our applicants and grantees. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy then please contact the program officer for your grant or application.
TWCF is hosting an Open Science Webinar Series to promote best practices in open science in the TWCF research community. Go here to find out more about this, including links to register for upcoming webinars or to watch recordings of past events.