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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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Open access policy : The Lancet

"We welcome The Lancet's stance on open access (April 6, p 1166).1 We note that you wish to review how you can make all publicly funded research as accessible and usable as possible. However, we also note that even with the announced changes, The Lancet will still have less free access than other key general medical journals. For example, there is free access to all research articles in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) after 6 months from 1998, in the New England Journal of Medicine after 6 months from 1990, and in The British Medical Journal immediately from 1840 onwards."
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Open access inaction

Open access inaction | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

Jack Stilgoe: From time to time, it's important to pause the bureaucratic debate about open access and recognise how stupid scientific publishing is. Like many academics, I am currently trying to work out what I should think and do about open access. I share with many scientists strong personal commitments to the idea of openness. I am in this game because I think research is valuable, and I work at a University because I like the idea that research that should be in the public interest should mostly be publicly funded. Like many other academics, I find it utterly daft that such research is paywalled. Unlike some academics, I do not presume that the people who are able to get past these paywalls (other academics at rich universities) are the only relevant readers."

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G8 science ministers endorse open access

G8 science ministers endorse open access | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"Science ministers from the G8 group of the world’s richest countries have jointly endorsed the need to increase access to publicly-funded research.In a joint statement proposing “new areas” of scientific collaboration for the countries, the ministers say they “recognise the potential benefits of immediate global access to and unrestricted use of published peer-reviewed, publicly funded research results. We share the intention, therefore, to continue our cooperative efforts and will consider how best to address the global promotion of increasing public access to the results of publicly funded published research including to peer-reviewed published research and research data," the statement says."

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