The World Bank will implement a new open access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products as of July 1, 2012. As the policy’s first phase, the bank has launched an “open knowledge repository” and adopted Creative Commons copyright licenses. Under the new policy, anyone will be able to use, re-use, and redistribute most World Bank knowledge products and research outputs for commercial or non-commercial purposes.
The policy will also apply to the institution’s two journals, World Bank Research Observer and World Bank Economic Review, which are published by Oxford University Press. In accordance with the terms of the third-party publisher agreements, this content will be subject to publishing embargoes, but the amount of time it takes for externally published World Bank content to be included in its institutional repository is expected to diminish over time.