Research Councils UK

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The UK Government Looks to Double Dip to Pay For its Open Access Policy

A recent announcement from the UK government highlights the unanswered economic questions behind its open access policy. Continue reading

The Times They Are A’Changing – Or Are They?

The results of the most recent ALPSP publisher survey offer some surprising results. Continue reading

Rolling Back Gold Open Access in the UK

The UK government’s Business, Innovation and Skills Committee issued a report this week that offers a harsh rebuke to the RCUK’s proposed plans to drive the adoption of Open Access (OA) publishing in scholarly journals. Continue reading

Is Access to the Research Paper the Same Thing as Access to the Research “Results”?

Is access to the research paper really the same thing as access to the research results themselves? Are funding agencies creating a false equivalency by confusing the two? And does this confusion favor researchers in some fields over others? Continue reading

Open Access – Keeping It Real

Like rock and roll, Open Access is here to stay but, as with rock and roll, it doesn’t always live up to its own hype. Continue reading

The Lens We Look Through — Are We All About Containers or What Goes Into Them?

An analysis of publishing costs continues the theme of accountability and transparency, but perhaps focuses too much on the containers of information rather than how and why the containers are filled in the first place. Continue reading

BBC Contemplating Reality TV Show to Decide How Research Councils UK Block Grants Are Dispersed

Leaked emails show the the BBC and certain university administrators have been contemplating launching a competition reality television show based on the APC allocation battles the RCUK OA policy will create. Continue reading

Whoops! Are Some Current Open Access Mandates Backfiring on the Intended Beneficiaries?

OA mandates like the RCUK mandate seem to have aspects that actually put the burdens of OA on the academics, universities, taxpayers, and scientists they were meant to help. Continue reading

The RCUK Open Access Policy Is Revised — Complexity, Confusion, and Conflicting Messages Abound

After a great deal of public and political resistance, the RCUK revises its OA policy. Unfortunately, the revisions only highlight the same problems, sow more confusion, and reveal how central the issue of academic freedom is to this approach. Continue reading

Financial Realities — A New Analysis Suggests OA Will Have a Benign Effect on Publishers

A new financial analysis of open access and two major publishers suggests that many of the trends we’re seeing aren’t about adversarial ideas and win:lose propositions, but about relatively small market adjustments and incremental changes. Continue reading

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is — Is Gold OA Just a New Frontier for Nature?

Nature (the journal) announces unwavering support for Gold OA on the same day Nature (the company) announces a major Gold OA partnership. But Nature (the journal) doesn’t itself adopt Gold OA. Why not? Continue reading

Licensing Controversy — Balancing Author Rights with Societal Good

The CC-BY license is assumed to be an open access standard, but the situation is complex — for funders, authors, universities, and publishers of all types. Perhaps a less dogmatic approach would serve all parties better. Continue reading

Finch Acknowledges Open Access Could Harm Learned Societies

Dame Janet Finch admits OA will cause problems for learned societies. What does that portend, especially when viewed alongside more backlash? Continue reading

The Historians Are Revolting — Leading History Journal Editors Take on the Research Councils UK

A group of history editors in the UK publish an open letter stating they will not comply with aspects of the RCUK mandates for OA. What can we learn from this? Continue reading

New Players, New Priorities — Part 1: Governments and Politics Enter Scientific Publishing

In this first part of a three-part series, the intrusion of governments into scientific publishing is contemplated — its causes, current state, and possible effects. Continue reading

Are University Block Grants the Right Way to Fund Open Access Mandates?

While block grants may be a preferred way to disperse money to fund public access mandates, their actual use may cause problems for researchers and universities. Continue reading

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