A British academic group including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has urged the government and public funding organisations to stipulate that publically funded research papers be published for free on the Internet. In a joint letter to UK Science Minister Lord Sainsbury and the Research Councils UK (RCUK), the eight academicians have criticised the activities of conventional publishers who hinder free dissemination of the papers. They have urged the RCUK to go ahead with its proposal to mandate the scientists it sponsors to provide a copy of their papers in an online academic repository soon after they are published in a traditional journal. The RCUK funded nearly £2.1 billion (US$ 3.7 billion) in research studies last year. In a similar move, a committee of MPs advocated open access to publicly funded research papers but it was futile due to pressure from the scientific publishing industry.
From: Knowledgespeak, http://www.knowledgespeak.com/newsArchieveview.asp?intMonth=8&intYear=2005
See also: Financial News, "Scientists reignite open access debate", http://news.ft.com/cms/s/3d2ef25a-19bb-11da-804e-00000e2511c8.html
Posted by at September 1, 2005 11:30 AM