|Detail from cover: Review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access|
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One particular area of difficulty is actually capturing complete and accurate information about all the publications which arise from Research Council-funded research.Key recommendations
- Compliance monitoring - improve data collection, mandate the use of Open Researcher and Contributor IDs (ORCIDs) in grant applications, introduce the possibility of including monographs in a future review.
- Communication- improve dialogue between RCUK and researchers, publishers and HEIs, promotion of the mixed Green/Gold model and authors' right to choose the most appropriate publication.
- Embargoes - more evidence to be collected, particularly in relation to reasonable embargo periods for Humanities and Social Sciences publications.
- Licenses - CC-BY licenses are necessary for compliance and publishers should make authors aware of this default requirement at the point of need.
- Administrative effort and costs - promotion of best practice sharing between HEIs and encourage use of standard terminology by publishers to avoid confusion around their policies.
- Block grant - exploration of using the block grant to incentivise less research-intensive institutions who nevertheless publish high quality research; likewise exploration on whether particular departments and disciplines within HEIs might be disadvantaged in the current allocation.