News Item - British Academy
"The British Academy today publishes a series of 8 newly commissioned articles reflecting on the challenges and opportunities for humanities and social sciences open access publishing practices. Debating Open Access - edited by British Academy Vice-Presidents Professor Nigel Vincent and Professor Chris Wickham - demonstrates that there is still much work to be done in ensuring that government policies to mandate open access publication do not damage the quality and reputation of UK academic research. Professor Chris Wickham, British Academy Vice President (Publications) said: 'The furious controversies of last year following the announcement of the new Research Councils UK policies on open access may have quietened down, but there remain many practical problems. These practical problems could well be amplified by proposals from HEFCE to require open access publication of anything due to be submitted to the next Research Excellence Framework in 2020. This period of relative calm is an ideal opportunity to ask some of the more searching questions about what might happen to academic research and publication in humanities and social sciences disciplines as a consequence of the policies as they currently stand.' The collection includes contributions from experts across the spectrum of humanities and social sciences research ..."