Open Access: a summary of current policy and practice
- Medical and Dental Sciences
'Open Access’ refers to unrestricted, online access to the published findings of research. One of the major drivers for researchers to publish in line with open access is HEFCE’s announcement that they are exploring how to make it a requirement that research outputs submitted to the next research assessment exercise after 2014 are as widely accessible as possible. In practice this means the majority of the journal publications submitted to REF from MDS will need to have been published in an open access format (if published after a particular date which currently appears to be 2016)
- Further details on their policy and current consultation
Jill Russell opened her workshop by explaining that as well as the imperative from HEFCE some of the major funding bodies including the Research Councils and Wellcome insist on outputs from their funding being available open access. In addition to these imperatives Jill explained the other benefits to the open access system. She then went on to explain what the pros and cons of the different methods of open access publishing are and how to go about using them. In addition she explained which websites can be consulted to ensure that the method used fits both with the funding body and the journals requirements for the piece of research being published.