PPARC position on access to research outputs
The statemen on its web site is as follows...
'PPARC supports the sentiments in the RCUK position statement on research outputs and will consider, in discussion with other Councils as appropriate, what changes might now need to be made to published rules and guidance concerning research grant funding'
In response the Executive Secretary wrote to Professor Mason...
The RAS is pleased that RCUK has decided to investigate the issues involved in alternative publishing and archiving models for scientific research. We were concerned that unless it was carefully managed the quality of published research and the viability of learned societies would be put at risk.
You will remember that the RAS defined its position in August 2005 in response to RCUK's draft position statement. Since then we have participated in a number of meetings with RCUK, publishers and other societies and feel well qualified to proffer advice and assistance on astronomy and geophysics research publishing. I hope PPARC will want to avail itself of this
Keith Mason, replied on18 July 2006
The PPARC policy on access to research outputs is to support the policy to be adopted by most other councils of requiring papers to be self-archived, subject to review in 2008 following the completion of a study, to be commissioned by the research councils, into the impact of open access on the publishing sector.
The task for us now is to work with our sister councils on the detail of implementing this policy through amendments to grant guidance and conditions. The intention is to apply these conditions to grants submitted from October this year, recognising the time lag between grant submissions and generating publications.
The next real decision to be made, when consultation with learned societies might be appropriate, will be in 2008, following completion of the study, when the councils will need to consider whether the evidence supports continuation of the policy. I'm sure there will also be opportunities for the Society to contribute to the study itself.