[Irtalk] UK research funders suggest liberated open-access policy

Matizirofa, Lazarus lmatizirofa at uj.ac.za
Thu Mar 15 11:36:11 SAST 2012

Taxpayer-funded science papers should be made free to access within six months of publication, according to a draft policy<http://www.openscholarship.org/upload/docs/application/pdf/2012-03/rcuk_proposed_policy_on_access_to_research_outputs.pdf> from Research Councils UK (RCUK), the umbrella body for the UK's seven research councils (government-funded grant agencies).

The papers should not only be made free to read, but should also have a liberal publishing licence (Creative Commons CC-BY<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/>), which would make their content free to text-mine<http://www.nature.com/news/trouble-at-the-text-mine-1.10184> or otherwise re-use, subject to proper attribution.

And if necessary, scientists should spend some of their research grants, or other grants for university overheads, to pay publishers to make the work public. Read more: http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/03/uk-research-funders-suggest-liberated-open-access-policy.html


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