Open Access: HEFCE, REF2020 and the Threat to Academic Freedom | bibliolibrarianothecaire |


The Government is pushing academic publishing to a ‘pay-to-say’ model in order to achieve open access to publicly funded researchThis ‘gold’ route to open access, which levies Article Processing Charges (as proposed in the Finch Report and taken up by RCUK and HEFCE) poses a major problem for academics in the UK:It threatens academic freedom through pressures on institutions to distribute scarce APC resources and to judge work by standards other than peer reviewIt threatens research funding by diverting existing funds into paying for publications (and private journal profits) rather than into researchIt increases academic inequality both across and within institutions, by linking prestige in research and publishing to the capacity to pay APCs, rather than to academic qualitiesIt threatens academic control of research outputs by allowing for commercial uses without author consentIn response, academics should:Practice and lobby for ‘green’ open access of all post-peer reviewed work within journals and institutionsLobby against proposed restrictions on REF2020 and against compliance pressure for ‘gold’ open accessDemand clear policies from Universities around open access fundsEnsure institutional resources are not unnecessarily spent on APCsProtect the integrity of scholarly journals by rejecting the pressure for ‘pay-to-say’ publishing

Blog The Disorder of Things, 4 December 2013,  

Via Julien Hering, PhD