A Bump On The Road To Open Access
Amyluv's bookmarks 2017-11-11
"The publication of the latest report on the UK's transition towards open access is imminent, and is expected to show that we are ahead of the game. The progress the UK has achieved in this area is largely due to the collaboration that publishers, institutions, funders and other stakeholders have fostered since the publication of the Finch report in 2013. All the stakeholders have been working together on systems to assist the transition as well as provide efficiencies for everyone. This collaboration and progress could, however, be at risk with the introduction of a new scholarly communications licence (SCL). The licence, developed by a group of librarians, rides roughshod over agreements between authors and their publishers by claiming a pre-existing, non-exclusive, and extremely unclear agreement between authors and their employers. This would not leave publishers with sufficient clarity to operate the existing subscription business model for scholarly journals. Furthermore, the licence would empower librarians to make the work available to the public via the institution's repository immediately upon publication. Normally works made available via the institution's repository are made publicly available after an embargo period of at least a year to give publishers time to recoup the investments they've made in the article's publication."