16 July 2012. Universities, businesses and the public to have better access to British scientific research and academic papers by 2014.
The government has announced that it will make publicly funded scientific research available for anyone to read for free, accepting recommendations in a report on open access by Dame Janet Finch.
This will likely see a major increase in the number of taxpayer-funded research papers freely available to the public.
Science Minister David Willetts said:
“Removing paywalls that surround taxpayer funded research will have real economic and social benefits. It will allow academics and businesses to develop and commercialise their research more easily and herald a new era of academic discovery.
"This development will provide exciting new opportunities and keep the UK at the forefront of global research to drive innovation and growth.”