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Willetts announces plan for free access to academic research

The government is to make academic research freely available to all, starting as soon as late 2013, David Willetts announced on Monday. The Universities and Science Minister said the twin aims of supporting “the commercial exploitation of research" and providing more opportunities for R&D were key to the new measure. 

The decision was formed by recommendations made in a major report into open access publishing lby Professor Dame Janet Finch and a response to mounting tensions between the major academic publishers, including Elsevier and Springer, and libraries who are forced to may large sums for bundles of academic papers, despite the fact that most other publishing companies have found their business models severely disrupted by the web. The Guardian is calling the new policy “the most radical shakeup of academic publishing since the invention of the internet”. 

Mr Willetts said: "Removing paywalls that surround taxpayer funded research will have real economic and social benefits. It will allow academics and businesses to develop and commercialise their research more easily and herald a new era of academic discovery. This development will provide exciting new opportunities and keep the UK at the forefront of global research to drive innovation and growth."

The government has pledged £150 million for the development of an e-infrastructure to aid its objective and the Research Council is developing a Gateway to Research portal to facilitate public access to the full body of research funded by UK research councils by late 2013.

Though many academics will welcome the announcement, there are aspects of the policy, which many find unappealing - such as the cost of the transition, which could reach £50m a year, and must be covered by the existing science budget. This could lead to less research and fewer valuable papers being published.

British universities now pay around £200m a year in subscription fees to journal publishers, but under the new scheme, authors will pay "article processing charges" (APCs) to have their papers peer reviewed, edited and made freely available online. The typical APC is around £2,000 per article.

 

 

 

 
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