EPSRC to Adopt Open Access Mandate

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announces plan to adopt OA mandate.

To date, six of the seven UK research funding bodies have adopted open access mandates. Now, the seventh, the EPSRC, has announced a plan to adopt an open access policy for all reseach that it funds. From their announcement:

‘EPSRC Council agreed at its December [2008] meeting to mandate open access publication, but that academics should be able to choose whether they use the green option (ie, self-archiving in an on-line repository) or gold option (ie, pay-to-publish in an open access journal). Further details will be published in spring 2009.’

SPARC Europe has put together a summary of all of the Research Council polices.

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