Re: RCUK policy on open access

From: Michael Fraser <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2005 12:51:14 +0100

On Thu, 30 Jun 2005, Tim Gray, Libray Assistant, Homerton College, Cambridge wrote:

> Incidentally, what percentage of all UK peer-reviewed research is funded by
> RCUK? Would this percentage then be the percentage of *all* peer-reviwed UK
> research available via OA funded post 1st October 2005 (the proposed start
> date)? Is there a large number of other funders of peer-reviewed research -
> but not necessarily mandating an OA policy?

To answer that last question: yes, institutions! The bulk of arts and
humanities research is not directly funded by RCs, for example. The RCUK
policy, together with e.g. the Russell Group and Scottish statements,
should act as a further motivator for institutions to develop equivalent
policies (and advocacy) which take into account the full range of subjects
and research outputs.

You should also bear in mind that the 1 Oct date refers to awards made.
There will still be the customary delay between receiving an award and
outputting research results...

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