ARC likely to compel open access publishing

15/10/2012 – 8:13 am
Tony McCall

THE Australian Research Council is gearing up for a mandatory open access policy to bring it into line with the health and medical funding agency, chief executive Aidan Byrne says.

“I think we are heading to a regime where both of the major funding institutions in Australia will have an open-access policy,” Professor Byrne told the US-based Chronicle of Higher Education.

So far he had consulted 10 institutions, as well as library groups, and there seemed no opposition to the ARC emulating the recently adopted policy of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

In line with US and UK funding bodies, the NHMRC has opted for a mandatory open access policy to maximise the reach and benefit of studies underwritten by taxpayers.

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author: Bernard Lane
source: The Australian – Higher Education (12/10/12)

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