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At present the RCUK policy is not consistent with either the Finch Group Report or Government polic y as it mandates embargo s of as short as 6 months. For the vast majority of publications this would be unsustainable."
"Yesterday afternoon we published the latest version of the guidance for the revised RCUK policy on Open Access. This version incorporates all of the comments that we received from the short call for input that we ran during March"
"Promises of the Finch Report and the realities of its implementation"
Research Councils UK require papers resulting from research they’ve funded to be published Open Access, preferably in journals that make papers immediately available at no charge to readers.
"The Research Councils UK (RCUK) policy on open access comes into effect from the 1st April 2013. The policy states that all peer-reviewed published research articles and conference proceedings funded by RCUK must be open access."
"The UK has been a leader in the global movement toward open access (OA) to research but recently its leadership has been derailed by the joint influence of the publishing industry lobby from without and well-intentioned but premature and unhelpful over-reaching from within the OA movement itself."
"The progressive RCUK policy on open access has recently come under fire, particularly from humanities scholars, for favouring Gold OA over Green."
"SPARC Europe welcomes the UK Government’s positive interest in Open Access (OA), the commissioning of the Finch report on expanding access to research publications and the Research Councils’ active engagement in developing policy."
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. In the UK, the House of Commons has asked for feedback on their Open Access Policy.
"Presenations from the Academy's 'Implementing Finch' Conference held on 29th and 30th November 2012 at the Royal Statistical Society in London"
"Research Councils UK has announced it will not enforce its stated embargo periods for green open access during the first five years of its new open-access policy."
"The government wants to fund open-access research, because it knows that this has enormous economic, social and medical benefits. It doesn’t want to fund paywalled research because it knows that this achieves far less. Yet it invited paywall publishers onto the Finch Committee, and sure enough they got Green-OA embargoes and non-free licences accepted into the report’s recommendation."
"Research Councils UK has committed to commissioning and independent review of its open access policies in 2014, in updated guidelines published on 9 April"
"So, the new RCUK open access policy is now in play... and guess what - there's plenty of journals out there that are not accommodating it at the moment."
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has written to Research Councils UK welcoming the publication of its revised open access policy but calling for three further changes to the policy to ensure that there is absolute clarity.
From 1 April 2013, all academics funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) need to be compliant with a new open access policy.
"The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has criticised Research Councils UK (RCUK) for failures in communicating its policy on open access. In a report published on 22 February the peers recommended that RCUK clarify its guidance, communicate it more clearly, and monitor implementation"
"Academics at a seminar at the Royal Society have raised concerns over the forthcoming open access policy developed by the government and Research Councils UK."
Text mining, open data and open access publishing all hang together as the emerging future for research across a wide range of disciplines – the “Fourth Paradigm”.
"Early career researchers and other "poor" academics may be disadvantaged under the gold model of open access, evidence submitted to the Lords Science and Technology Committee has suggested."
"The Finch Report and RCUK’s Open Access Policy In the UK, the JISC organization has long pioneered the exploration of different models of open access and, in particular, the role of institutional repositories"
The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee today announces its intention to inquire into the Government's Open Access policy.