Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today, 17 July 2014, launched the call for evidence for the 2014 review of the implementation of the RCUK policy on Open Access.
The independent review focuses on implementation of the RCUK Open Access policy to try and understand the effectiveness of the policy and its impact on universities, research organisations, researchers and publishers, amongst others.
Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Chair of the Independent Review Panel, commented: “This is an open call and the review panel will be interested to hear from individuals, institutions and organisations alike where there is evidence of how the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access is having an impact. Although we recognise that this review is taking place early in the policy’s implementation period, it is a good opportunity to take stock and we hope that as much evidence as possible is put forward to the review.”
Further details on the call can be found on the RCUK Website. The deadline for submissions is 12th September 2014.
It is expected that the panel will report their interim findings to RCUK Executive Group by the end of 2014 with a full report expected in the first part of 2015.
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For further details on the RCUK Policy on Open Access please visit http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/openaccess/
Further details on the call for evidence can be found here
The terms of reference for the review can be found here
Details of the review panel membership can be found here
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