UK Government invests £10 million to help universities move to Open Access

September 9, 2012

07 September 2012 10:00

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

A £10 million Government investment announced today by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts will help universities with the transition to open access to publicly-funded research findings.

The investment will enable a number of research-intensive UK institutions to kick-start the process of developing policies and setting up funds to meet the costs of article processing charges (APCs). This is in line with the recommendations of the Finch report on open access, published in June.

Speaking at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen, David Willetts said:

“Removing paywalls surrounding publicly-funded research findings is a key commitment for this Government and will have real economic and social benefits.

“This extra £10 million investment will help some of our universities move across to the open access model. This will usher in a new era of academic discovery and keep the UK at the forefront of research to drive innovation and growth.”

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