Monday, September 30, 2013
The UK House of Commons has its dander up. Having bloodied the prime minister over Syria in the past fortnight, the select committee of MPs that oversees the work of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued a report that is heavily critical of the government's policy on open access (OA) for academic research.
The report makes for pretty stunning reading. Although the committee pauses briefly at the beginning to laud the government's proactivity on OA, it proceeds to take issue with almost every plank of the policy put in place by Research Councils UK (RCUK) over the past 12 months, following the publication of the Finch Report – and calls for radical revisions.
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