Wednesday June 29, 2005
Thousands of British academics in every subject from art history to zoology will soon be required to make their research freely available online, the UK research councils have announced.
The move flies in the face of government reluctance to offend the publishing industry and is a victory for proponents of open access to research findings. By making free access a condition of grants, the research councils, which control billions of pounds worth of funding, hope to give British research more impact worldwide as it is taken up and cited by other researchers.
University libraries will benefit from an easing of the financial pressure to acquire more, and ever more expensive, journals as scholars can consult research for free. Read more...