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Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:00 PM

UK Pushes Open Access

Starting in April 2013, research supported by the United Kingdom government must be made freely available within 6 months of publication.
By Jef Akst | July 16, 2012

A new policy, announced this morning by Research Councils UK (RCUK), will require UK scientists and their international researcher collaborators to go open access with all publications coming out of work supported by one of the country’s seven government-funded grant agencies, starting next April. This is the final version of a draft policy release in March, which received many supportive comments, an RCUK spokesperson told Nature.

The new policy describes a plan to take money out of research grants to cover open access publishing fees. These can entail publishers’ fees for immediate open-access publication—a route chosen by some 5 percent of papers published by UK authors in 2010. See a breakdown of open-access publishing in the UK, including how it varies by discipline.

It is currently unclear how RCUK will sanction those researchers who fail to comply, but the new policy will affect a large proportion of researchers in the country: the UK funding agencies collectively spend some £2.8 billion (about US$4.35 billion) each year.


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Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:40 AM

1. UK science to be freely available

The government is to develop plans to make publicly funded research results freely available to all.

Currently, scientists and members of the public have to pay the leading scientific journals to see research that has already been paid for from the public purse.

Under new proposals the government will pay publishers a fee each time a paper is published.

In return the research will be available to those who wish to see it.


I think the answer to the statament in the OP : "It is currently unclear how RCUK will sanction those researchers who fail to comply" would most likely be loss of public funding - take it or leave it.

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