Open access in research: catch up on the debate

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:30 in Mathematics & Economics

The UK recently unveiled its proposal to make all publicly funded research open access. We round up some of the main views on the controversial plans hereFollowing the government's announcement in July that it plans to make all research open access by 2014, a heated debate has developed, questioning this radical decision. This comes in the wake of a boycott of the Dutch publisher Elsevier, launching this transformation of the academic world as we know it.As far back as 2004, former Guardian education editor Donald MacLeod described open access as the practice "which would make scientific research freely available on the internet". Now the question has moved on from whether open access will be introduced to how it should actually be implemented.The option of 'gold' open access, which requires the author to pay a publishing fee, is currently advocated by the Finch Report, a report of the Working Group on...

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