[Irtalk] UK's OA policy influences research assessment - Research Information

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Aug 27 13:25:27 SAST 2014

*The UK’s system for assessing research and allocating money has added new
open-access requirements.* Neil Jacobs looks at what this means for
researchers in the UK and elsewhere

The four UK higher education funding bodies use the Research Excellence
Framework to assess the quality of research in UK universities. The system
is also used to allocate funding so universities in the UK – and their
researchers – need to pay close attention to any changes made to the

*One of the requirements for submission to the next framework is that
journal articles (and many conference papers) will need to be deposited
into a repository at the point of acceptance and made open access within
defined embargo periods*. However, these requirements are about more than
compliance with a funder’s open-access policy. They are about the roles,
rights and responsibilities of researchers, institutions and publishers in
the digital age, and the opportunities to which they give rise.

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