BIS Committee publishes Government Response and RCUK Response to Open Access Report

oa_logoThe Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has published the Government Response and the RCUK Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2013–14, Open Access. Some points of interest in the Third Special Report are:


  • The Government’s OA policy is based on the principle that the taxpayer should have free access to the published findings of research that has been publicly funded
  • Publication of research results is seen as an integral part of the research process
  • There is discussion of Gold and Green options as routes towards open access, and an intention to look at methods to address ‘double dipping’
  • There is a new initiative for developing a European infrastructure for bioscience research data
  • HEFCE is finalising its proposals for the post 2014 REF, to possibley include a mandate of immediate deposit in an appropriate institutional repository; see the recent HEFCE consultation on open access
  • A cost benefit analysis of the Government’s OA policy is to be undertaken

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