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Exploring the Effects of a Transition to Open… « InfoDoc MicroVeille

"The Open Access (OA) movement, which postulates gratis and unrestricted online access to publicly funded research findings, has significantly gained momentum in recent years. The two ways of achieving OA are self-archiving of scientific work by the authors (Green OA) and publishing in OA journals (Gold OA). But there is still no consensus which model should be supported in particular. The aim of this simulation study is to discover mechanisms and predict developments that may lead to specific outcomes of possible market transformation scenarios. It contributes to theories related to OA by substantiating the argument of a citation advantage of OA articles and by visualizing the mechanisms of a journal system collapsing in the long-term due to the continuation of the serials crisis. The practical contribution of this research stems from the integration of all market players: Decisions regarding potential financial support of OA models can be aligned with our findings – as well as the decision of a publisher to migrate his journals to Gold OA. Our results indicate that for scholarly communication in general, a transition to Green OA combined with a certain level of subscription-based publishing and a migration of few top journals is the most beneficial development." from source: http://microblogging.infodocs.eu

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This is the basic abstract to their research report. At the end of the article is a link to the PDF of the report. This is a formal research project, so be aware that it might be dry and technical, but at the same time it provides the material for the concluding statement that they made in their abstract. "ur results indicate that for scholarly communication in general, a transition to Green OA combined with a certain level of subscription-based publishing and a migration of few top journals is the most beneficial development."

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RCUK welcomes recommendations made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on open access - RCUK

Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report, The Implementation of Open Access, which has been published today.
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This article is evidence that the United Kingdom is taking seriously the need for Open Access. RCUK makes a brief but important response in this article.
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