[Oa-italia] Guardian: "Results of publicly funded research will be open access – science minister"

J.C. DE MARTIN demartin a polito.it
Sab 10 Dic 2011 04:45:45 CET

  Results of publicly funded research will be open access – science minister

New policy announced by David Willetts to make research freely available 
challenges business models of academic publishers

    Alok Jha <http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/alokjha>, science
  * guardian.co.uk <http://www.guardian.co.uk/>, Thursday 8 December
    2011 11.41 EST
  * Article history

The government has signalled a revolution in scientific publishing by 
throwing its weight behind the idea that all publicly funded scientific 
research must be published in open-access journals <http://www.doaj.org/>.

The policy is in the government document Innovation and Research 
Strategy for Growth 
published on Monday, which also includes plans for a series of cash 
prizes for teams to solve specific scientific challenges and a new £75m 
fund for small businesses to develop their ideas into commercial products.

The commitment to making publicly funded research free to access is a 
direct challenge to the business models of the big academic publishing 
which are the gatekeepers for the majority of high-quality scientific 
research. Previous attempts by open access publishers to break this 
stranglehold over the dissemination of scientific results have largely 


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