Re: Updated RCUK statement 28 June 2006

From: David Prosser <david.prosser_at_BODLEY.OX.AC.UK>
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 15:12:02 +0100

More importantly, if you look at the RCUK page:

You will see a set of 'individual Council websites'. I initially thought
these were just links to the Councils. They are actually links to the
Councils' open access policies! Some have decided not to have a policy, but
a number - such as the MRC - have detailed policies that mandate deposit!

Best wishes


David C Prosser PhD
SPARC Europe
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277 614
Mobile: +44 (0) 7974 673 888

-----Original Message-----
From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
Behalf Of J.F.B.Rowland
Sent: 28 June 2006 14:22
Subject: Updated RCUK statement 28 June 2006

The long-awaited update to the RCUK statement on Open Access has been
published today. It can be found at:

The crucial wording is:

'4. Research councils agree that their funded researchers should, where
required to do so, deposit the outputs from research councils funded
research in an acceptable repository as designated by the individual
research council. This requirement will be effective from the time indicated
in the guidance from the individual research council, This guidance will be
published on individual Research Council websites and will, where
appropriate, require funded researchers to:

. Personally deposit, or otherwise ensure the deposit of, a copy of any
resultant articles published in journals or conference proceedings, in an
appropriate repository, as designated by the individual research council.

. Wherever possible, personally deposit, or otherwise ensure the deposit of,
the bibliographical metadata relating to such articles, including a link to
the publisher's website, at or around the time of publication.'

That is, each individual Research Councils will have discretion to 'require'
(or not) deposition in an OA repository. Expect the publishers' lobbying to
transfer to the individual RCs now.

Fytton Rowland, Loughborough University
Received on Wed Jun 28 2006 - 15:22:54 BST

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