Finch inquiry's open access tune won't resonate in Australia
The bad news is that the Committee, which included universities, librarians and publishers among others, has favoured the “gold” approach for facilitating access to research. It downplays the less costly option of making work available through public databases – called repositories. This is often referred to as the “green” route to open access. Economic modelling shows that for research universities, the green route to open access is more cost effective than the gold…. Australia, by comparison is favouring a green open access future. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has recently taken a pragmatic and cost effective approach to open access with their new open access policy. This will require researchers to make a version of their funded published work available in their institutional repository.
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