HEFCE has announced the final form of the Open Access policy that will apply to research outputs funded through the period of the next research evaluation exercise in the UK, the Research Excellence Framework.
The policy is very significant. The REF is a periodic exercise that all British universities and their researchers take extremely seriously as it determines their funding for the next period, so any policy around the REF is certain to be implemented in universities.
This policy requires all journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers to be deposited in a repository at the time of acceptance for publication, and made Open Access as soon as possible. Where there is no publisher embargo this must be immediately, but embargoes of 12 months in STEM disciplines and 24 Months in HaSS disciplines are permissible, aligning the new policy with the existing permitted embargo periods enshrined in the RCUK policy.
This policy will certainly increase the UK’s Open Access levels over the coming years and serves as a well-designed template for other funders, even when a national research evaluation exercise is not the norm.
More on the policy can be found in an article by Alma Swan here: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/04/01/hefce-open-access-ref-gamechanger/.
COPE, OASPA, WAME and DOAJ have collaborated in an effort to identify principles of transparency and best practice that set apart legitimate journals and publishers from non-legitimate ones. The organisations have developed a set of 15 transparency principles based on good practice worldwide. Abiding by such principles will help better ensure and promote the growth of a strong scholarly communication market providing dependable choices to our authors.
You are invited to review these principles and feed back your comments to further strengthen the proposal on the OASPA site her: http://oaspa.org/principles-of-transparency-and-best-practice-in-scholarly-publishing
Following the adoption of the Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 last week, here is the link to a press release announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020.
The press release also covers rules on open access to scientific publications in Horizon 2020. Further information is available in the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 and the Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020.
SPARC Europe is pleased to announce that it is a partner on two successful project bids to the European Commission. Both projects will start in early 2014. The first project, FOSTER (Foster Open Science Training for European Research) will deliver training programmes for researchers and other stakeholder groups, as well as training trainers to spread the effort more widely.
The second project, PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) will address policymakers and will try to encourage OA policy alignment across Europe to simplify compliance for researchers and to adhere to the spirit of the European Research Area’s harmonisation agenda.
Please check the websites of the two projects as they begin in 2014 to see the progress being made.
SPARC Europe is publishing two briefing papers, focusing on OA in the humanities and in the social sciences. The one covering humanities was written by Sam Moore of King’s College London, and the one covering social sciences is by Paul Kirby of Sussex University: