The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that it is the first of all United Nations agencies joining a coalition of research funders and charitable foundations supporting free digital access to health research. This coalition is named “cOAlition S”. This initiative aims guarantee full and immediate open access to research publications.

WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said: “By joining this coalition, we believe we can accelerate progress towards universal free access to health research – an ambition that supports our current strategy of one billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage over the next five years.

Goes without saying, this opens a great opportunity for nursing researchers to make their research findings available for the wider community, hence maximising the impact of their work in the nursing community. It is key that innovation in the nursing professions is evidence-based and scientifically proven. And the role to support this is of the nursing researchers.