Re: RCUK policy on open access

From: Michael Fraser <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 18:05:33 +0100

On Tue, 28 Jun 2005, Stevan Harnad wrote:

>> There will be no obligation to set up a repository where none exists
>> at present.
> I would strongly urge omitting this. Otherwise it will construed
> as a general opt-out clause for the RCUK requirement, and will
> implicitly encourage institutions to opt out. Simply say nothing
> about any obligation to set up a repository, one way or other.

I realise that Stevan addresses this to some extent in subsequent comments
but I would suggest that rather than stating 'no obligation, the RCs
encourage grant proposals to include a proportion of the cost of running
an IR as a directly allocated 'infrastructure' cost (if not directly
incurred) under the FEC regime. This would complement the explicit
encouragement to budget for publishing in author-pays journals.

Best wishes,

Dr Michael Fraser
Co-ordinator, Research Technologies Service & Head of Humbul
Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN
Tel: 01865 283 343
Fax: 01865 273 275
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