Research: Publishing

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to make an economic assessment of the policy options considered by UK Research and Innovation’s review of Open Access policy.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, what role his Department will play in the review being conducted by UK Research and Innovation on Open Access policy; and whether his Department will be represented on the Open Access Review Steering Group.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding Open Access research.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of Open Access publishing for humanities and social sciences publishing.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

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.

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