Monday, 16th July 2012
UK: Government to open up publicly funded research
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills (UK)
From Press Notice:
The Government will widely accept the recommendations in a report on open access by Dame Janet Finch, a move which is likely to see a major increase in the number of taxpayer funded research papers freely available to the public.
Currently most formally published research is only available behind restricted paywalls. Reforms will see publications opened up to a greater audience, providing more opportunities for research and development across a range of sectors. They will also support the commercial exploitation of research, contributing to the Government’s economic growth agenda...
Among the recommendations that have been accepted by the Government are:
Moving to deliver open access through a ‘gold’ model, where article processing charges are paid upfront to cover the cost of publication.
Introducing walk-in rights for the general public, so they can have free access to global research publications owned by members of the UK Publishers’ Association via public libraries.
Extending the licensing of access enjoyed by universities to high technology businesses for a modest charge.
+ Government Response to the Finch Group Report (PDF; 93 KB)
+ Press Release
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