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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

More on the UK government response

Richard Wray, Open access moves a step closer, The Guardian, February 2, 2005. Excerpt: 'Proponents of free, unfettered access to scientific research were given a boost yesterday when the government said it did not oppose so-called open access publishing, although it "does not want to force a premature transition to a different system". In its second response to a report from a committee of MPs last summer, the government also backed moves to allow academics to archive articles published by traditional houses such as Reed Elsevier on the web. "The government recognises the potential benefits of institutional repositories and sees them as a significant development worthy of encouragement," the government said. It stopped short, however, of agreeing to MPs' demands that money be made available to help universities set up online archives.'