Ben Ryan: Going for Gold? The RCUK Policy on Access to Research Outputs


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  • Two questions for Ben Ryan, followed by live comments on the entire symposium (in reverse order.) -- S Harnad

    First Question for Ben Ryan: 'How will RCUK monitor and ensure compliance with Green mandate to deposit?'

    Second Question for Ben Ryan: 'Why double-pay for hybrid Gold OA?'

    Live comments on the papers (in reverse order):

    Just deposit refereed postprint immediately upon acceptance & rely on embargo if you comply w. publisher embargo.

    Great that Wellcome now monitoring compliance, but needs focus on Green compliance, not just Gold (publisher monitoring) (#RCUK too)

    Publishing costs are paid by subscriptions until/unless subscriptions end (because Green version available) Wellcome double-pays...

    Wellcome has deep pockets, good hearts, but short vision

    Why doesn't G. just submit to highest peerreview-standard journal, forget about pay-to-publish, & self-archive (Green)? missing point

    Sounds like this speaker thinks OA = Gold OA... POGO: 'We've seen the enemy and he is us…'

    Why appease them? For their work they may be right. OA is primarily for refereed postprints, not unrefereed preprints -welcome ad lib

    Self-promotion is a head-start effect. Once #OA is global, it will be merit rather than self-promotion that prevails

    Downloads, Citations, and Positional Effects in the arXiv - Gaming the system...

    Green OA mandates are for current/future articles; old stuff less urgent: Melissa's tweet self-adverts good idea (but may not scale!)

    Twit, blgs, fbks are fine, but #OA is about refereed research. Social media are supplement, not substitute

    Bradley (on metaphysics) adapted: 'show me someone allegedly anti-metrics & I'll show you a metricist with rival metrics'

    Old #RCUK policy lacked any compliance verification system: that's what new policy needs, not spending scarce research funds on Gold

    Stephen Curry misunderstands: *all* papers can be deposited in IR, whether subscription or Gold.

    Open Access Week 2012: Opening Research and Data hosted by Birkbeck college Library on Livestream

    a good year? UK was leading from 2005, but has now taken a big step backward #finchreport #rcuk

    #Finchreport Green:' [so] repositories should [instead] complement publishing: data-grey-literature-preservation [no mention Green]

    #Finchreport on Green: ' [Green OA] policies of neither funders nor universities have yet had major effect … [so]

    #Finchreport wants to shut down the stronger Green engine but let's hope #RCUK fixes its policy so it does not happen

    Bjork/Laakso figures and Gargouri/Harnad figures are based on different samples and methods, so not directly comparable.
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  • Hefty - 140 pagesQuote is from Foreword by Janet FinchPublished 18 June 2012Govt. Response 16 July
  • Some (but not RCUK) have questioned the ‘balance’ of the report, believing it to be unduly favourable to some stakeholdersNo simple answer - had there been then no need for Report!. Different constituencies, legitimately different interests and prioritiesCompromise not perfect from any individual perspectiveUnited by commitment to an acceptable and sustainable future.
  • Ben Ryan: Going for Gold? The RCUK Policy on Access to Research Outputs

    1. 1. Going for Gold?The RCUK Policy on Access to Research Outputs Ben Ryan
    2. 2. Research Councils UK £11.2B
    3. 3. Summary • Setting the scene – the journey since 2005. • The UK Government’s transparency agenda. • The Finch report and recommendations. • The RCUK Policy. • A partnership with publishers.
    4. 4. Research is essential to the growth, prosperityand wellbeing of the UK. Ensuring the widestpossible access to research, both within andoutside of the research community, will meanthat the ground-breaking discoveries made inscience and research can have a greater impacton our lives.Doug Kell, Chief Executive, BBSRCRCUK Executive Group ‘Champion’ for InformationMay 2011.
    5. 5. RCUK Position Statement - 2005• Four key principles: – Accessibility to publicly-funded research. – Rigorous quality assurance. – Efficient and cost-effective access mechanisms. – Long-term preservation and accessibility of outputs.
    6. 6. RCUK Key Principles• Accessibility to publicly-funded research; – Ideas and knowledge derived from publicly-funded research must be made available and accessible for public use, interrogation and scrutiny, as widely, rapidly and effectively as practicable.• Rigorous quality assurance;• Efficient and cost-effective access mechanisms;• Long-term preservation and accessibility of outputs.
    7. 7. RCUK Key Principles• Accessibility to publicly-funded research;• Rigorous quality assurance; – Published research outputs must be subject to rigorous quality assurance, through effective peer review mechanisms.• Efficient and cost-effective access mechanisms;• Long-term preservation and accessibility of outputs.
    8. 8. Which means …..? • Research outputs must be accessible to enable exploitation. • Research funders have a responsibility to ensure accessibility. • Dissemination is part of the research process and has to be paid for. • Publishers have a key role to play in the process.
    9. 9. Implementation since 2005• Individual Research Council policies: – required that ‘current’ copyright and licensing policies, such as embargo periods, are maintained by publishers and respected by authors.• Overall, poor compliance: – Sub-optimal funding mechanisms. – Authors don’t do deposit in repositories. – Lack of compliance monitoring.
    10. 10. Transparency agenda Transparency is at the heart of the Government’s agenda, and this also applies to published research. In a recent discussion with members of the research community and publishers I stressed the importance of open access to this information for everyone, and I’m delighted that the Research Councils and HEFCE have committed to taking this forward. David Willetts Minister of State for Universities and Science, May 2011.
    11. 11. Growing openness• UK Government’s commitment to openness and transparency.• Make the results of publicly funded research open, accessible and exploitable.• Transparency and openness to drive innovation and growth. Get the stuff out there and get it used!
    12. 12. The Finch Working Group• The task … recommend how to develop a model, which would be both effective and sustainable over time, for expanding access to the published findings of research.• The report: Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications “The product of a year’s work by a committed and knowledgeable group of individuals drawn from academia, research funders and publishing”
    13. 13. The Finch Report • A consensus report. • Acknowledges that Open Access to publicly funded research is a good thing: for research, innovation growth and transparency. • Notes that Open Access has achieved a momentum that will continue. • Addresses the question of how best to manage the transition in the UK. • Positions the UK as a leader;
    14. 14. Key recommendations for RCUK• Policy support for publishing in OA and hybrid journals, including establishing more flexible and effective arrangements to meet costs.• Eliminate/minimise restrictions on use/re-use.• Negotiations on subscriptions to take into account the shift to open access.• Funders’ limitations on embargoes to be considered carefully.• Clear requirements on universities to establish publication funds and associated policies.
    15. 15. Key recommendations for RCUK• Policy support for publishing in OA and hybrid journals, including establishing more flexible and A mixed effective arrangements to meet costs;• Eliminate/minimise restrictions on use/re-use;• Negotiations on subscriptions to take into account reception! the shift to open access;• Funders’ limitations on embargoes to be considered carefully;• Clear requirements on universities to establish publication funds and associated policies.
    16. 16. RCUK Policy on Access toResearch Outputs • Developed in parallel with and informed by the recommendations of Finch. • RCUK implementation of Government’s policy. • Formally announced 16th July 2012.
    17. 17. RCUK Policy• Defines what RCUK means by Open Access.• States RCUK’s expectations of Researchers and the publication options available to them.• Sets out criteria for assessing whether any particular Journal complies with the policy.• Applies to all peer-reviewed research publications submitted for publication from 1st April 2013. Wholly or partial funded by Research Councils.
    18. 18. And more ….• Authors must include: – Details of funding that supported the research; – Statement on how the underlying research materials – data, samples & models – can be accessed.• This has been overlooked in the gold vs green discussion of the policy. Key role of publishers to enforce.
    19. 19. RCUK definition of ‘Open Access’Unrestricted, on-line access to peer reviewed andpublished scholarly research papers. Specifically a user must be able to do the following free of any publisher-imposed access charge: 1. Read published research papers in an electronic format. 2. Search for and re-use (including download) the content. Allows unrestricted use of manual and automated text and data mining tools, as well as unrestricted re-use of content with proper attribution (as defined by CC-BY).
    20. 20. Journal compliance • Gold with CC-BY – Or (if the publisher will not offer Gold CC-BY) they must offer: • Green (at least post print) with a maximum embargo period of 6 (12) months, and CC-BY-NC.
    21. 21. Funding • Research Councils will provide funding for APCs through block grants to institutions. • Institutions must establish Publication Funds and the processes and procedures for payment of APCs. • Announcement soon on size of fund and the mechanism to distribute it between institutions. • ‘Light touch’ guidance – use the money to best deliver RCUK Policy.
    22. 22. Policy in a nut-shell • Authors must publish in a RCUK Open Access compliant journal. • Journal achieves compliance through - Gold CC-BY, else - Green, 6 (12) months, post-print, CC-BY-NC. • RCUK preference is for Gold. The choice is with Authors and their institutions.
    23. 23. The forgotten policy bits ….• Acknowledgement of funding.• Statement on access to the underlying research materials. …they help support the transparency, integrity and robustness of the research process: Science’s powerful capacity for self-correction comes from this openness to scrutiny and challenge. Science as an open enterprise Royal Society, June 2012.
    24. 24. Role of publishers• Any journal which values the quality of its ‘brand’ should require, as mandatory, statements in any paper on funding and research materials.• Where Research Council funds are paying an APC, we are buying a service from a publisher: – CC-BY – Funding and research materials statement – Prompt publication – Deposit in named repository.
    25. 25. Next steps• Announcement on APC funding mechanism (Autumn);• Engagement with universities about implementation of policy, especially on guidelines for how funds can be used (Autumn);• Production of revised guidance of what the policy means and choice of gold vs green (asap).
    26. 26. Further information• RCUK Policy• Finch Group report Group-report-FINAL-VERSION.pdf• Royal Society Report
    27. 27. ~Thanks for listening ~ Questions?