Follow-Up Comments for BIS Select Committee on Open Access
UK Parliament Publications and Records, Spring Issue
Available under License Other.
The only barrier separating the UK and the rest of the world from Open Access (OA) to its refereed research journal article output in the online era is keystrokes. It is important to bear this in mind in considering the following comments. Once global policy has seen to it that those keystrokes are universally and systematically executed, not only OA itself, with all its resulting benefits for research productivity and progress, but all the other desiderata sought – the end of Green OA embargoes, a transition to Gold OA publishing at a fair and sustainable price, CC-BY, text-mining, open data – will all follow as a natural matter of course.
But not if the keystroke barrier is not first surmounted, decisively and globally.
It is in the interests of surmounting this keystroke barrier to global OA that this summary strongly supports the institutional-repository immediate-deposit mandate of HEFCE/REF proposal to complement and reinforce the RCUK OA mandate.
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