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Thursday, August 02, 2007

RCUK stands by its OA policy

 The Research Councils UK has released its Annual Review 2006/2007.  Excerpt:

Considerable discussion preceded the publication of the Research Councils’ updated position on access to research outputs in June [2006]. This is a controversial and complex issue, however the Research Councils position is simple: we want the results of the research we fund to be disseminated as widely as possible to ensure that it has the greatest possible impact. The opportunities offered by new communication technologies should be considered by researchers when they are published.  We recognise that the simplicity ends there and our cautious approach will ensure that any impacts on research publication are fully understood. Next year we will commission an authoritative study to report by November 2008, which will guide our developing policy….