Business, Innovation and Skills Committee - Fifth Report
Open Access

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 3 September 2013.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

The Finch Report's recommendation for Gold funded by Article Processing Charges

Our inquiry

2 Access to academic research

3 The Finch Report: a U-turn in UK Open Access policy

Current open access policy in the UK

Strengthening deposit mandates to increase open access

Open Access worldwide

4 The transition to open access: costs and hidden costs

Pure Gold and Hybrid Gold

Embargo periods

Levels of Article Processing Charges

Affordability of APCs for authors and UK research organisations

The shared ultimate goal of full Gold open access

5 Achieving a functional market

6 Use and re-use


Open access, innovation and growth

7 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

List of additional written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral and written evidence

Tuesday 16 April 2013: Dr Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, Professor Chris Wickham, Vice-President and Publications Secretary, the British Academy, Dr Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director, Public Library of Science, and Dr Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access, Reed Elsevier; Professor Stevan Harnad, Professor of Web Science, University of Southampton, David Sweeney, Director of Research, Innovation and Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Professor Douglas Kell, Information Champion, Research Councils UK, and Dr Alma Swan, Director of Key Perspectives Consultancy, and Director of Advocacy, SPARC Europe; Dr Martin Paul Eve, Lecturer in English Literature, University of Lincoln, Professor Andrew Massey, trustee, Political Studies Association, and Professor of Politics, University of Exeter, Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Academic Services and University Collections, University of Oxford, and Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Chair, Research Policy Network, Universities UK, and Principal, University of Aberdeen

Tuesday 14 May 2013: Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, and Ron Egginton OBE, Head of the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council Team, Research Funding Unit, Department for Business, innovation and Skills, and Observer on the Finch working group

Written evidence

Additional written evidence

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