[ASC-list] Scientific research to be free on-line in UK

Toss Gascoigne director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Mon Jul 16 23:12:10 UTC 2012


 From Tuesday's SMH:

LONDON: The British government has revealed controversial plans to  
make publicly funded scientific research immediately available for  
anyone to read for free by 2014, in the most radical shake-up of  
academic publishing since the invention of the internet.

Research papers that describe work paid for by the British taxpayer  
will be free online for universities, companies and individuals to use  
for any purpose, wherever they are in the world.

The universities and science minister, David Willetts said he expected  
a full transformation to the open approach over the next two years.

The move reflects a groundswell of support for ''open access''  
publishing among academics who have long protested that journal  
publishers make large profits by locking research behind online  
paywalls.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientific-research-will-be-free-online-20120716-226aw.html#ixzz20pWeCF1B


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