Monday, 28 January 2013

Open access information - The Finch Report - urgent call for evidence

The CILIP Policy Department are exploring the feasibility of responding to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Inquiry into the implementation of the Finch Report on expanding access to research publications.

Urgent feedback from colleagues working in the Higher Education sector is sought on the implications of the Finch Report. Please submit your evidence before 5pm on 31st January 2013 to or by submitting a comment on the CILIP Information & Advice Blog where further information is also available. The following text comes from the CILIP blog:

"CILIP supports, as a matter of principle, measures to improve people’s access to information. We acknowledge that the underpinnings for the economic model that has supported the publication of scholarly research for the past 350 years have gone.  However the gold model recommended by Finch and accepted by the government has many ramifications for libraries and has divided opinion amongst CILIP members.  [...]
Do you have evidence of what’s happening – or what you predict will happen –in relation to the above in your institution?  
Things to consider when collating evidence could include:
•    What impact is the transition to gold open access having on library budgets?  Are funds being diverted to pay for Article Payment Charges (APCs)?  Should libraries be involved in managing open access spending for APCs?  
•    Does the gold model disadvantage research-intensive universities?
•   What about humanities and social science research - this is often undertaken without any dedicated funding from external sources – what is the impact, if any, on these collections?
•   Will the preferred gold model end up costing more? There are huge cost implications if APCs rise, the UK remains ahead of the rest of the world, and fees for non-UK authors are not being met by their funders/institution
•   Is green open access a more viable route to expanding access to published research, or are repositories on their own ineffective?
Please help if you can!

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