Science and Technology Committee - Third Report
The implementation of open access

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 22 February 2013.


Terms of Reference


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Factual Background

The Finch Group

Box 1: Definitions

Open access policies and funding


Chapter 3: Key Issues

Embargo periods

Figure 1: The Publishers Association decision tree (endorsed by BIS and RCUK)

A "one size fits all" approach

Box 2: Creative commons licence types

First mover risks

Figure 2: Science Europe member organisations with open access positions

Risk of unintended consequences

Limits on publication

Figure 3: Compliance of selected journals with RCUK's open access policy



Learned Societies

Cost benefit analysis


Chapter 4: Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix 1: Members and Declarations of Interests

Appendix 2: List of Witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for Evidence

Appendix 4: Abbreviations and Acronyms

Appendix 5: Recent Reports from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

Evidence is published online at and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7219 5314)

References in footnotes to the Report are as follows:

Q refers to a question in oral evidence;

Witness names without a question reference refer to written evidence.

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