The advice was provided by Professor Adam Tickell, the respected Provost and Vice-Principal, University of Birmingham and Chair of Universities UK (UUK) Open Access Coordination Group.
Its main conclusion was positive on progress to date:
- Open Access to research continues to be a public benefit and the UK remains a world leader.
- Research Councils UK should continue to support Gold Open Access charges.
|Figure 3: Gold OA charges paid to publishers from a sample of institutions, 2015 (Open Government Licence)|
Some key recommendations:
- Universities should be encouraged to sign up to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)
- UUK Open Access Coordination Group to support the development of agreed service standards around Gold
- UK Open Access policy should offer greater choice to research producers
- UK Open Data Forum to coordinate work associated with a ‘roadmap’ for sector infrastructure
Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, was encouraging and supportive in his response:
“I am confident that, by 2020, the UK will be publishing almost all of our scientific output through open access.”
Report and ministerial response.