The British Academy responds to UKRI Open Access Review consultation

29 May 2020

The British Academy, representing excellence in the humanities and social sciences in the UK, today publishes its full submission to UKRI’s Open Access Review consultation.

In its submission, it responds to proposals for extending Open Access to monographs for the first time among other aspects of the debate about future Open Access policy.

The British Academy’s recommendations to the UKRI Open Access Review consultation include:

  • Book Processing Charges (BRCs) and longer embargo periods for monographs and book chapters, to ensure OA publication is viable and sustainable and publishers recover costs through sales
  • A commitment to providing adequate funding towards Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Research Council-supported work in both OA and hybrid Journals, to reduce limits on author choice
  • Funding for publication in OA journals will remain the default for the foreseeable future, so ‘read and publish’ agreements between journal publishers and HEIs are not to be considered as the sole suitable OA policy while in their early stages
  • Provide Research Councils with blanket permission for the use of ‘No Derivatives’ (-ND) licences in journal articles, as in monographs, book chapters and edited collections, to protects text from potential distortion by subsequent users

The British Academy’s submission to the consultation can be read in full online here.

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