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Why the UK Should Not Heed the Finch Report

Harnad, Stevan (2012) Why the UK Should Not Heed the Finch Report LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog, Summer Issue

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The UK’s universities and research funders have been leading the rest of the world in the movement toward Open Access (OA) to research with “Green” OA mandates requiring researchers to self-archive their journal articles on the web, free for all. A report has emerged from the Finch committee that looks superficially as if it were supporting OA, but is strongly biased in favor of the interests of the publishing industry over the interests of UK research. Instead of recommending building on the UK’s lead in cost-free Green OA, the committee has recommended spending a great deal of extra money to pay publishers for “Gold” OA publishing. If the Finch committee were heeded, the UK would lose both its lead in OA and a great deal of public money -- and worldwide OA would be set back at least a decade.

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Published date: 4 July 2012
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science


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Date deposited: 14 Jul 2012 13:43
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:38

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Author: Stevan Harnad

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