The Research Councils UK (RCUK) policy on open access comes into effect from the 1st April 2013. The policy states that all peer-reviewed published research articles and conference proceedings funded by RCUK must be open access.
Research Council UK has today (8th April 2013) published the latest version of its guidance for the revised Policy on Open Access, which came into effect on 1st April.
RCUK publishes further revisions to guidance on Open Access
The changes aim to further clarify the guidance and draw on comments received from across the research community, learned societies and publishers following a call for input in March. From the comments received a Frequently Asked Questions PDF 120KB has also been created to help researchers and research organisations with implementation of the policy. The FAQs will be updated as and when new questions arise.
Further points on the policy made by stakeholders will be considered as part of the 2014 review.
3.Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils who annually invest around £3 billion in research. We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster international collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. We also support the training and career development of researchers and work with them to inspire young people and engage the wider public with research. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other research funders including the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education funding bodies, business, government, and charitable organisations. www.rcuk.ac.uk.
The seven UK Research Councils are:
- Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
The RCUK Policy and Guidance on Open access is available
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