From: Richard Poynder <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:33:21 +0000
When the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
announced its open access policy last March the news was greeted with
great enthusiasm by OA advocates, who view it as a “game changer” that
will ensure all UK research becomes freely available on the Internet.
They were especially happy that HEFCE has opted for a green OA policy,
believing that this will provide an essential green component to the
UK’s “otherwise one sided gold OA policy”.
The HEFCE policy will come into effect on 1st April 2016, but how
successful can we expect it to be, and what are the implications of
linking open access to the much criticised Research Excellence
Framework (REF) in the way HEFCE has done? These are, after all,
strange bedfellows. Might there be better ways of ensuring that
research is made open access?
I have posted something on open access and the REF here: