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Unlocking the future: Open Access communication in a global research environment

RCUK and the British Library, on behalf of the Global Research Council (GRC), hosted a workshop in April 2015 which brought together publishers, funders, libraries and other stakeholders from across the world to discuss perspectives on open communication in a global research environment.

More than 50 people attended the lively two-day event, introduced by Chair of RCUK Professor Rick Rylance, which explored the value add of publishers, the role of repositories and the future of open access.

A report on attitudes to the future of commercial publishing in the light of open access, commissioned by RCUK, helped participants examine the current status of policy and practice and identify the next steps necessary to unlock the future. Evolution or revolution? Publishers’ perceptions of future directions in research communications and the publisher role was produced by Mark Ware of Mark Ware Consulting.

Key documents and outputs of the meeting

Briefing on Open Access repositories

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), on behalf of the COAR Aligning Repository Networks Committee, a group of senior representatives from repository networks around the world, has produced a briefing paper which presents an overview of the international open access repository landscape. While principally intended for the Global Research Council (GRC), the paper has also been written with a broader audience in mind. Please note, this briefing is a response from participants.

Promoting Open Knowledge and Open Science – Report of the Current State of Repositories.

GRC information on Open Access


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