Friday, June 30, 2006

Research Councils reaffirm commitment to Open Access

Research Councils UKThe UK Research Councils, which fund basic research in the UK's universities, have published an updated position statement on Open Access to research outputs. They have reaffirmed their position of 2005 that publicly-funded research should be accessible to the public and scientists around the world:

Research councils agree that their funded researchers should, where required to do so, deposit the outputs from research councils funded research in an acceptable repository as designated by the individual research council. This requirement will be effective from the time indicated in the guidance from the individual research council, This guidance will be published on individual Research Council websites and will, where appropriate, require funded researchers to:

• Personally deposit, or otherwise ensure the deposit of, a copy of any resultant articles published in journals or conference proceedings, in an appropriate repository, as designated by the individual research council.

• Wherever possible, personally deposit, or otherwise ensure the deposit of, the bibliographical metadata relating to such articles, including a link to the publisher’s website, at or around the time of publication.

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