UK releases Finch Group report on access to scientific literature
The report, Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications prepared by the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings (the Finch Group) has been released.
The report seeks a slow and exclusive path toward the Gold publication model, the costs of which it expects UK funders to carry. It seems that existing publishers must be fully sustained during this transition period and perhaps beyond, as HEIs, funders and users scramble to pay the fees one way or another. As Cameron Neylon observes,
This whole discussion seems to revolve around protecting publishers rights to sell reprints, as though it made sense to legislate to protect candle makers from innovators threatening to put in an electric grid.
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