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Chris Wickham considers open access in the UK and international environment

Chris Wickham considers open access in the UK and international environment | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"In his chapter for Debating Open Access, a new publication from the British Academy, Chris Wickham considers the view from Humanities and Social Science both from the UK and international environment. Since HSS disciplines receive only a small percentage of RCUK funds, HEFCE’s policy on the admissibility of work for future REFs will be the most important determining factor. Other countries do not have RAE/REF equivalents to drive them down the Gold route; hence they are more likely to stay with Green and with longer embargo periods. Some leading international journals, particularly in the Humanities, have set their face against Gold OA and the introduction of APCs. UK scholars in HSS thus face a dilemma. If they publish in noncompliant international journals their work risks being ineligible for future REFs; if they don’t publish in these venues they risk falling off the international pace. A particularly intense variant of this dilemma threatens those whose professional community does not operate in English. Future REF criteria will need to reflect these discipline-specific circumstances."

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RCUK OA Policy | PLOS

RCUK OA Policy | PLOS | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"As of 1st April 2013, if your research is funded by one of the seven Research Councils of the RCUK, you are required to make sure that any article you publish is freely accessible online to everyone, everywhere with a license that permits copying, distribution, and reuse.This new policy from RCUK is designed to help make publicly funded research easily available to all who might benefit from it"

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