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RCUK Open Access Practitioners Group

RCUK’s new Open Access Practitioners Group met for the first time on 4 October 2016. The Group has been established to share best practice, discuss issues and provide sector insight to improve the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access.

Membership comprises representatives of the higher education sector from a diverse range of backgrounds who are already familiar with open access policy, including those who are closely involved in the practicalities of implementing the policy within their organisations. This includes colleagues working in libraries and Research Offices from different types of institutions to ensure we have a range of different perspectives represented on the group. The RCUK Open Access Practitioners Group will liaise with the proposed Universities UK Open Access Working Group to ensure a joined up approach.

The group has been established in response to a recommendation in Professor Sir Bob Burgess’ independent review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access, published in March 2015 after the first year of the policy’s introduction.

Activities identified for the group include advising RCUK on how implementation of the policy may be improved, such the further development of processes, mechanisms and standards for collecting compliance monitoring data, as well as communication of the policy to ensure clarity. It is expected that the full Practitioner Group will meet at least quarterly.

Terms of Reference for the group are available.

Meeting papers can be found below:

Please contact Sam Cutting for copies of past meeting papers.

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