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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

More on the UK government response

Mark Chillingworth, Government sticks by its OA policy, Information World Review, February 1, 2005. Excerpt: 'In its response to the House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee's 14th Report of Sessions, released today, the Government stood by the decisions made last summer in response to the Scientific Publications: Free for all? report. The Government's latest 4-page riposte curtly outlines its position - accepting that institutional repositories offer "potential benefits" and deeming them "worthy of encouragement". But it believes it is up to individual institutions to make their own arrangements. It also confirmed it is continuing to opt for a "market-driven" solution to the question of OA publishing.'..."The most positive aspect of this response is that the Government has stated it is willing to work with the Research Councils UK towards a common policy on the author pays model," said Fred Friend, a Joint Information Systems Committee consultant on open access publishing....The Research Councils UK, a government scientific funding body, will release an open access policy later this year based on the views of the scientific community.'