Peers lament open access 'confusion'

Paul Jump, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL), Feb 22, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Britian's House of Lords has released a report critical of Research Council UK's recent policy on open access. It said that there was not enough consultation beforehand, that the policy wasn't articulated clarly enough, and that RCUK should have calculated the costs fo recommending a 'gold' model for open access, which requires that researchers or funders pay publishers to support open access. Thanks to an email form Richard Poynder, these links are available: The report is available here:, RCUK’s response is here:, the Times Higher news story here: and a background piece here:

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