[Oa-italia] Guardian: "Results of publicly funded research will be open access – science minister"
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Results of publicly funded research will be open access – science minister
New policy announced by David Willetts to make research freely available
challenges business models of academic publishers
Alok Jha <http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/alokjha>, science
* guardian.co.uk <http://www.guardian.co.uk/>, Thursday 8 December
2011 11.41 EST
* Article history
The government has signalled a revolution in scientific publishing by
throwing its weight behind the idea that all publicly funded scientific
research must be published in open-access journals <http://www.doaj.org/>.
The policy is in the government document Innovation and Research
Strategy for Growth
published on Monday, which also includes plans for a series of cash
prizes for teams to solve specific scientific challenges and a new £75m
fund for small businesses to develop their ideas into commercial products.
The commitment to making publicly funded research free to access is a
direct challenge to the business models of the big academic publishing
which are the gatekeepers for the majority of high-quality scientific
research. Previous attempts by open access publishers to break this
stranglehold over the dissemination of scientific results have largely
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