Guide for the Perplexed: Re: UK Select Committee Inquiry

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Feb 1 12:22:58 EST 2005


The UK Government has given its second response to the UK Select
Committee's objections to the Government's first response to the
Committee's Recommendations (the major one, to (1) *mandate* institutional
OA self-archiving, and the minor one, to (2) continue to explore and
support OA publishing).

    The Select Committee's recommendations:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200304/cmselect/cmsctech/399/39903.htm

    The UK Government's latest response (February 1 2005):
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200405/cmselect/cmsctech/249/24904.htm

Once again, all the focus and the polemic is on OA Publishing (Gold)
and the gist of the Committee's recommendation (OA Self-Archiving, Green)
is glossed over. Here are the pertinent excerpts:

    "The Government has not decided against the author-pays model, but
    does not want to force a premature transition to a different system.

    "To strongly endorse or reject the author-pays approach would not
    be in the interests of allowing the market itself to evolve to meet
    the needs of authors and the wider academic community...

    "The Government recognises the potential benefits of Institutional
    Repositories and sees them as a significant development worthy
    of encouragement.  But it believes that each Institution has to
    make its own decision about Institutional Repositories depending on
    individual circumstances."

Fair enough. So it is now time for Research Councils UK and the UK
universities to make their own decision.

This was the focus of the UK Institutional Repositories Meeting held at
Southampton University last week:

    http://www.eprints.org/jan2005/

and will again be the theme of at the international meeting on
implementing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access, likewise hosted by
Southampton University at the end of this month (28 Feb - 1 Mar):

    http://www.eprints.org/berlin3/program.html

Stevan Harnad

Pertinent Prior AmSci Forum Topic Threads:

UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) review (24 Oct 2002)
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/2323.html

Written evidence for UK Select Committee's Inquiry 
into Scientific Publications (10 Dec 2003)
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/3263.html

Recommendations for UK Open-Access Provision Policy (16 Dec 2003)
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/3290.html

UK Select Committee Inquiry into Scientific Publication (12 Jan 2004)
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/3407.html

The UK report, press coverage, and the Green and Gold Roads 
to Open Access (24 Jul 2004)
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/3871.html

Guide for the Perplexed: Re: UK Select Committee Inquiry (8 Nov 2004)
ttp://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/4131.html

Southampton Workshop on UK Institutional OA Repositories Jan 25-26 2005
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/4283.html





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