An open debate on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's Report, ' Scientific Publications: free for all?', and subsequent developments, is to be held in Westminster Hall.
The debate, which is open to the public, will take place on Thursday 15 December between 1430- 1700. It will focus on the conclusions of the Committee’s recent Reports and the Government’s response, and will also cover relevant recent developments in the so-called 'open access' debate.
The RAS, as a publisher of 2 major scientific journals, takes a keen interest in this issue. The Society's position is set out in 2 documents.
The first is the submission made to the S&T Committee in 2004 Scientific Publications statement to S&T Committee.pdf (60.35 KB)
The second is its response to the RCUK position statement on access to research outputs. RAS_response_to_RCUK.pdf (41.92 KB)
The Reports to be debated are:
· Tenth Report, Session 2003–04, Scientific Publications: Free for all?, published on 20 July 2004 as HC 399-I
· Fourteenth Report, Session 2003–04, Responses to the Committee’s Tenth Report, Session 2003–04, Scientific Publications: Free for all?, published as HC 1200 on 8 November 2004.
Also relevant is the subsequent Government response to the Committee’s Fourteenth Report:
· Third Special Report, Session 2004-05, Responses to the Committee’s Tenth Report, Session 2003-04, Scientific Publications: Free for all?: Responses to the Committee’s 14th Report of Session 2003-04, published as HC 249 on 1 February 2005.
For further information please call Ana Ferreira, on 020 7219 2793. All publications are available on www.parliament.uk/s&tcom