UK to make all publicly funded research open access

A few months ago the UK government announced that it wanted all UK research that is funded from public money to be available through open access. Now they have told us how they plan to do it. They will pay the journals a fee for each paper they publish.

In the traditional publishing system journals charge people to read a paper, or libraries are charged a fee to hold copies of the journal. In recent years this has moved largely to electronic systems but the principle remains the same. In some cases the authors may pay the journal a fee for their work to be available to everyone for free, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

Now UK researchers will have to use the open access system for all their publications if it is publicly funded. This has to be a good thing because it will make the research more widely available, but how will it alter the dynamics of research?

According to an article in the New Scientist the UK government has set aside 1% of research budgets to pay the open access fees, but the fees are estimated to be £2000 per article. This means that there will be enough to pay for one publication for every £200,000 spent on research. This does not sound like very much, especially in subjects like theoretical physics where many papers are produced by doctorates and post doctorates who dont cost much. Is it enough? Will the money be distributed unevenly with theory departments getting much more of it? Let’s look at it another way. The total amount they have allowed for to pay for the fees is £50 million. At £2000 a paper that is enough to pay for 25,000 papers each year. So how many research papers does the UK produce each year. The answer is at least 100,000 and perhaps several times that. Clearly it does not add up. So how will the system shake out? It will be interesting to see.

9 Responses to UK to make all publicly funded research open access

  1. Andrew Beckwith says:

    I will not mince words. This is a blue print for down sizing UK science, and a sickening move toward official “safe” scientific inquiry that does not rock the boat. The geniuses who came up with this should consider the history of Einstein in the Patent office as well as Josephon, who successfully fought Bardeen to a stand still over flawed science, to know where this is leading to. While the idea of open source is a good thing in itself, this is a move to muzzle and also to radically cut most scientific inquiry in the UK

  2. Andrew Beckwith says:

    I feel for you, Dr. Gibbs. I cannot imagine what this move will do to the free wheeling atmosphere of theoretical barn storming in vogue in Cambridge and Oxford and also Imperial college among other places , and I do not want to know. Needless to say from my vantage point thousands of miles away from this mayhem, I wish you and others luck in stopping this monstrosity. As it is, it is a worrisome retreat from the idea that NOT ALL officially approved science should be seen at the expense of the collective capacity of your nation state

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    • Philip Gibbs says:

      The big question is what will happen when the theorists are told they have used up their publication budget for the year after one month. They may protest and the system will collapse, or they may just publish on arXiv, or they may get together and form their own open access journals with free submissions

      • Dilaton says:

        Ah, maybe THAT is the hidden intention behind this monstrosity: to make research in the UK collapse in order to obtain an excuse to cancel (large parts of) it …

        I wish the researchers in the UK all the best for successfully fighting this threat or find otherwise an appropriate solution that works !

  4. Nigel Cook says:

    Robert Maxwell made his Pergamon Press fortune with high page charges for a large number of scientific journals, which in many cases limited submissions to government funded research institutes which could afford to pay the charges out of research grants. Journals like Nature (with good advertising revenue) did not invoice authors page charges, but as a result they were highly competitive, with a large number of rejections.

    However, journals originated as individual’s printing presses, to which other people who did not have printing presses could submit papers. They are an anachronism today, except as fashionable marketing tools, allowing the science citation index to work as a popularity meter, which turns science into a profitable media circus.

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  6. Mitchell Porter says:

    vixra is being flooded with papers on computing and engineering this weekend.

    • Philip Gibbs says:

      They are papers from the International Journal of Mechanical Engineering submitted by the editor. Any journals are welcome to archive their papers here provided they split them into individual papers

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