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Open Access News

2013

April

POLICY 
(Research Councils UK - RCUK)
Revised open access policy
  • Policy supports both the 'Green' and 'Gold' routes to Open Access, although RCUK have a 'preference' for Gold
  • Different embargo periods permitted across the disciplines
  • Comprehensive, evidence-based reviews of the policy planned for 2014 and periodically thereafter (probably in 2016 and 2018)
  • Confirmed that journal impact factors are not taken into account when the Research Councils make funding decisions
  • New web page RCUK Policy on Open Access FAQs

STATEMENT 
(Wellcome Trust)
Position statement in support of open and unrestricted access to published research

February

POLICY MEMORANDUM 
(United States Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP))
Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

REPORT 
(House of Lords Science and Technology Committee)
Lack of clarity over open access is 'unacceptable' - RCUK must clarify and monitor its implementation closely

2012

November

PRESS RELEASE 
(Research Councils UK - RCUK)
RCUK announces details of block grant funding mechanism for Article Processing Charges (APCs)

September

PRESS RELEASE 
(UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills)
Government invests £10 million to help universities move to open access

August

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 
(Times Higher Education)
Dubious open access journals keen to attract unwary academics - and their cash

July

STATEMENT 
(RLUK/SCONUL)
Response to Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) statement on access to publicly funded research

ANNOUNCEMENT 
(Research Councils UK - RCUK)
New open access policy

June

PRESS RELEASE 
(Wellcome Trust)
Wellcome Trust strengthens its open access policy

RADIO PROGRAMME 
(Material Word 28/6/2012, BBC Radio 4, 1.10 - 12.40 mins)
Interview with Dame Janet Finch

STATEMENT 
(Stephen Anderson, Executive Director, Academy of Social Sciences)
Impact of Finch recommendations on learned societies

REPORT 
(Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings - Finch Group)
UK should embrace the transition to open access

PRESS RELEASE 
(OpenAIRE)
Large-scale deposit in repositories increases access and use

May

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 
(Times Higher Education)
European Commission backing for open access

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 
(Times Higher Education)
Elsevier journal editor resigns

SPEECH 
(UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts to Publishers Association)
Public access to public research

April

ANNOUNCEMENT 
(Harvard University)
Memorandum to Faculty

STATEMENT 
(ALLEA | ALL European Academies)
Open Science for the 21st Century

March

POLICY 
(Research Councils UK - RCUK)
UK Research Councils considering strengthening their current open access policies

2011

December

REPORT 
(UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills)
Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth

October

WORKING GROUP 
(Dame Janet Finch Chair)
Expanding access to published research findings

August

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 
(Guardian)
Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist