UK House of Lords enquiry on Open Access


The UK’s House of Lords (upper chamber of Parliament) Science & Technology Committee is conducting an enquiry into Open Access. Written submissions are welcome. Individuals and organisations are invited to give their views on the actions taken by Government and RCUK following publication of the Finch report. The HoL has issued guidance on how to make written submissions. In particular, there are four issues highlighted by the committee:

  • support for universities in the form of funds to cover article processing charges, and the response of universities and HEIs to these efforts
  • embargo periods for articles published under the Green model
  • engagement with publishers, universities, learned societies and other stakeholders in the development of research council Open Access policies and guidance
  • challenges and concerns raised by the scientific and publishing communities, and how these have been addressed.

The deadline is 18th January.

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