Public access to publicly-funded research – By David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (attending Cabinet) – 2 May 2012

Posted on May 4, 2012. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice, Research | Tags: , |

Public access to publicly-funded research – By David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (attending Cabinet) – 2 May 2012

Speech delivered to the Publishers Association annual general meeting, London

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to set out the Government’s approach to accessing and publishing research findings.

We are very fortunate to have such outstanding science and research capacity in this country. It is second in its range and volume only to the US. When it comes to the output generated from the funding that goes in, it is quite simply the most productive in the world. And no other country produces such a high proportion of work that is excellent. The recent review by Reed Elsevier, amongst others, provides the rigorous evidence behind these statements. With 1% of the world’s population and 4% of its researchers, we produce 6% of the world’s academic articles and 14% of those which are most highly cited. There are about 1.7 million academic articles published around the world, of which about 120,000 come from UK research. Thanks to the quality and success of our publishing industry, meanwhile, 400,000 of the world’s academic papers are published in the UK. If the rest of Britain performed like our research and publishing community, we would have rather fewer economic problems to tackle.”

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Wiki founder to build open access site for UK research – The Conversation – 2 May 2012

“The British government has enlisted the services of Wikipedia in a push to make all taxpayer-funded academic research from the UK freely available online – regardless of whether it is also published in a subscription-only journal.

The move is to be announced by the universities and science minister, David Willetts, when he addresses the Publishers Association on Wednesday (British time).”

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The other media story that dwarfs the News fiasco – Crikey – 3 May 2012

by Guy Rundle

“Quietly this week, while the UK was in uproar about the activities of the last big media company in a dying industry, something of far greater import happened in the world of media and information. The UK government announced that it would be making all research papers generated within its public universities available openly, online, for free.”


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