Open Access is central to the Government’s and UKRI’s ambitions for research and innovation, with openness being key to world class research and delivering the wider aims of the Industrial Strategy. Sharing knowledge openly has benefits not only for researchers, but also businesses and wider society by accelerating new discoveries.
BEIS will be working with UKRI to ensure that overall economic issues are considered as part of the UKRI Open Access Review. The Open Access review will seek to support an economic model where the fair, transparent and reasonable costs of Open Access publishing are met, while addressing the need for sustainability. The review will consider Open Access models and innovations which can help enhance Open Access and assist the sector to more easily comply with UKRI policy. UKRI will lead on consideration of the costs and sustainability of achieving our Open Access aims and BEIS will consider the wider economic implications when policy options are developed in the autumn.