RCUK revises statement on access to research outputs
In June 2005 RCUK published a draft position statement on access to research outputs which attracted a large number of comments including one from the the Society
RAS_response_to_RCUK.pdf (41.92 KB 01.09.2005 00:00)
In the light of these, RCUK has released an updated position paper
position statement .pdf (75.70 KB 12.07.2006 14:34)
The key principles are:
• Ideas and knowledge derived from publicly-funded research must be made available and accessible for public use, interrogation and scrutiny, as widely, rapidly and effectively as practicable.
• Published research outputs must be subject to rigorous quality assurance, through effective peer review mechanisms.
• The models and mechanisms for publication and access to research results must be both efficient and cost-effective in the use of public funds.
• The outputs from current and future research must be preserved and remain accessible for future generations.
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. However 'individual disciplines will need to respond to the issues in this position paper in ways best aligned to their needs'. Consequently, individual research councils will provide specific guidance to their respective research communities.
However RCUK has stressed that authors must be allowed to choose where to place their research for publication. It is for authors’ institutions to decide whether they are prepared to use funds for any page charges or other publishing fees.