Finch Acknowledges Open Access Could Harm Learned Societies

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The adoption of open access (OA) in the UK continues to meet with challenges, months after the RCUK adopted the Finch Report recommendations and placed an April 2013 stipulation on research results being published via either Green or Gold OA. As the policy and its implications have sunk in, responses have ...

Open Access: News and Reflections from the ACSS Conference

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Last week, the first big public event discussing the Open Access policy announced in July was held at the Royal Statistical Society by the Academy of Social Sciences. If you are interested, many of the presentations from the event are already available online, with more write-ups to follow, as well ...

Asia-Pacific perspectives on the impact of open access on librarians

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Commentary from librarians in the Asia-Pacific region on the impact of open access :- To complement the previous post on SwetsBlog about open access (OA) and its actual and potential impact on librarians, we also asked some librarians in the Asia-Pacific region for their thoughts. We had comments from three librarians ...

Open Access and its impact on the future of the university librarian

Friday, October 26th, 2012

With the publication of the Finch report earlier this year and the UK government's announcement to commit £10m to help make research findings freely available, there has been a gear shift towards a more rapid movement into an open access world for the publishing of scholarly information. While there has been ...

The Finch Report and RCUK Open Access policy: How can libraries respond?

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Libraries have always been advocates of Open Access (OA), providing repository services to collect, share and preserve open access versions of research papers. The Finch Report and the new RCUK OA policy mark a transformation to the way in which research is published and made available in the UK. Making ...

Historical Association Raises Concerns About Open-Access Movement

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The push for open access to academic research has been justifiably motivated by scholars’ concerns regarding the high subscription prices of many journals, but proposed solutions raise “serious questions” for scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences, says a statement released on Monday by the American Historical Association. The ...

Eight Questions and an Answer for RCUK/Finch at Imperial College 27 September

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

These questions are for the Imperial College Science Communication Forum "Open access: Going for Gold?" Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:30 to 21:00 (BST) London, United Kingdom QUESTION 1: For hybrid subscription journals that offer both Gold OA (CC-BY) for a fee and Green OA (6-12) for free, why does RCUK require authors to pick and ...

AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing The American Historical Association voices concerns about recent developments in the debates over “open access” to research published in scholarly journals. The conversation has been framed by the particular characteristics and economics of science publishing, a landscape considerably different from the terrain of scholarship in ...

Not So Fast on ‘Open Access’

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The movement toward "open access" publishing -- in which scholarly journal articles are available free -- is taking off without consideration of the impact on humanities scholarship, says a statement being released today by the American Historical Association. The statement notes that there are many frustrations with the current system of ...

Open Access publishing: A Personal View

Monday, September 24th, 2012

General Observations As will be seen from our comments below, we are not convinced by many aspects of the current proposals in practice. We are also far from convinced by the general rationale for open-access publishing, especially the ‘gold’ option, under which the author (funder, institution or individual) pays. We recognise ...