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[BOAI] Tony Hey's Optimistic Prediction for Open Access

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 14:21:50 -0400


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Tony Hey: "A Journey to Open Access" Part 6
The Open Access Revolution: The Next
Steps...<http://tonyhey.net/2013/04/04/a-journey-to-open-access-part-6/>

Excerpt:

...We now have OA mandates coming from both the Legislative and the
Executive branches of the US Government. The White House memorandum covers
both research publications and research data and requires the relevant
Federal Agencies to deliver a plan within six months from February 2013. It
is noteworthy that both the White House memorandum and the bi-partisan
FASTR bill require green open access via repositories and say nothing about
gold=97in contrast to the approach preferred by the Finch Report and by the
Research Councils in the UK. For more commentary on both FASTR and the
White House memorandum see Peter Suber=92s
blog<https://plus.google.com/109377556796183035206/posts/8hzviMJeVHJ>
...

... Back in the UK, some re-thinking of Finch and RCUK=92s OA policy is
taking place. A recent review by the House of Lords criticized RCUK for
failures in communication and for lack of clarity about its policy and
guidance. Prior to a more complete review of its policy in 2014, RCUK
issued a revision of its Open Access policy on 6 March 2013. The major
change was that there is now an explicit statement that although RCUK
prefers gold, either green or gold is acceptable. The Department for
Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has also launched an inquiry into
open access which has yet to report. Finally, on 25 February, the Higher
Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is consulting the research
community on *=91the role of open-access publishing in the submission of
outputs **to the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)=92*. For
non-UK readers, the REF is a research review process conducted by HEFCE,
the major UK university funding organization, to determine national
university and departmental research rankings. Their intent is *=91to requi=
re
that outputs meeting the REF open access requirement (whether published by
the gold or green route) shall be accessible through a repository of the
submitting institution=92*....

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<div dir=3D"ltr">Tony Hey: &quot;A Journey to Open 
Access&quot; Part 6<div =
style><a 
href=3D"http://tonyhey.net/2013/04/04/a-journey-to-open-access-par=
t-6/">The Open Access Revolution: The Next 
Steps...</a></div><div style><br=
>
</div><div style>Excerpt:</div><div 
style><br></div><div style>...<span sty=
le=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bitstream 
Charter&#39;,s=
erif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px">We now have OA mandates coming 
from b=
oth the Legislative and the Executive branches of the US Government. The Wh=
ite House memorandum covers both research publications and research data an=
d requires the relevant Federal Agencies to deliver a plan within six month=
s from February 2013. It is noteworthy that both the White House memorandum=
 and the bi-partisan FASTR bill require green open access via repositories =
and say nothing about gold=97in contrast to the approach preferred by the F=
inch Report and by the Research Councils in the UK. For more commentary on =
both FASTR and the White House memorandum see=A0</span><a 
href=3D"https://p=
lus.google.com/109377556796183035206/posts/8hzviMJeVHJ" 
target=3D"_blank" s=
tyle=3D"border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb=
(116,51,153);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bitstream 
Charter&#39;,serif;font-siz=
e:16px;line-height:24px">Peter Suber=92s blog</a><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(5=
1,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bitstream 
Charter&#39;,serif;font-size:16=
px;line-height:24px">...</span></div>
<div style><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bits=
tream 
Charter&#39;,serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px"><br></span></div>=
<div style><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bits=
tream 
Charter&#39;,serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px">...=A0</span><spa=
n style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bitstream 
Charter&#=
39;,serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px">Back in the UK, some 
re-thinking=
 of Finch and RCUK=92s OA policy is taking place. A recent review by the Ho=
use of Lords criticized RCUK for failures in communication and for lack of =
clarity about its policy and guidance. Prior to a more complete review of i=
ts policy in 2014, RCUK issued a revision of its Open Access policy on 6 Ma=
rch 2013. The major change was that there is now an explicit statement that=
 although RCUK prefers gold, either green or gold is acceptable. The Depart=
ment for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has also launched an inquiry=
 into open access which has yet to report. Finally, on 25 February, the Hig=
her Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is consulting the researc=
h community on=A0</span><i 
style=3D"border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;verti=
cal-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bitstream 
C=
harter&#39;,serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px">=91the role of 
open-acce=
ss publishing in the submission of outputs=A0</i><i 
style=3D"border:0px;mar=
gin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family=
:Georgia,&#39;Bitstream 
Charter&#39;,serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px"=
>to the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)=92</i><span 
style=3D"=
color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bitstream 
Charter&#39;,serif;f=
ont-size:16px;line-height:24px">. For non-UK readers, the REF is a 
research=
 review process conducted by HEFCE, the major UK university funding organiz=
ation, to determine national university and departmental research rankings.=
 Their intent is=A0</span><i 
style=3D"border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;ver=
tical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&#39;Bitstream=
 Charter&#39;,serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px">=91to require 
that out=
puts meeting the REF open access requirement (whether published by the gold=
 or green route) shall be accessible through a repository of the submitting=
 institution=92</i><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,&=
#39;Bitstream 
Charter&#39;,serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px">....</spa=
n></div>
</div>

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