The Academy of Social Sciences welcomes RCUK’s response to the Burgess Independent Review of the implementation of RCUK’s Open Access publishing policy. It particularly welcomes RCUK’s proposal to set up a mechanism to involve the learned societies and subject associations in the social sciences in monitoring and appraising the effects of moves towards more open access.
RCUK is now – appropriately – calling for wide consultations with the higher education funding bodies and others on how open access is operating and its consequences for research activity and the dissemination of knowledge.
We are pleased to see that evidence submitted by the AcSS and members in the learned societies and subject associations seems to have been heeded. However, we continue to caution that it is still much too early to be able to see adequate evidence of the effects of Open Access mandates on the research eco-system as a whole, and so welcome RCUK’s proposal to delay its next review.