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Thursday, 24th September 2015

UK: Monitoring the Transition to Open Access

Source: Research Information Network

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This study was commissioned by Universities UK’s Open Access      Co-ordination Group in response to a recommendation of the Finch Group in its second report in 2013 that reliable indicators should be gathered on key features of the transition to open access (OA) in the UK. The findings presented in the report from the study, Monitoring the Transition to Open Access, are thus a first attempt at generating such indicators covering five sets of issues:

OA options available to authors: the numbers of fully-OA and hybrid journals, along with issues such as the level of article processing charges (APCs), the availability of CC-BY and other licences, and the length of embargo periods

Accessibility: authors’ take-up of OA options: the numbers – and the proportions of the overall population – of articles accessible on OA terms via different routes

Usage: the levels of usage of OA articles as compared to those that are not accessible on OA terms

Financial sustainability for universities: the amounts paid by UK universities in subscriptions and in APCs; and

Financial sustainability for learned societies: the overall income and expenditure – as well as the volumes of journal-related income and expenditure – of UK learned societies which have some publishing income.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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