Times Higher Education – RCUK and Hefce step up push for open access
Via Scoop.it – Open learning news
The Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) and Research Councils UK are looking for ways to “support a managed transition to open access over the medium term” of research articles by academics in the UK, by way of enforcing the existing open-access mandate that requires authors to deposit their papers into open-access repositories. (As a sideline, I described my excitement about this movement in higher education at http://tinyurl.com/beyonddistanceblog-openaccess.)
Peter Murray-Rust, an open-access advocate and a chemistry researcher at the University of Cambridge, weighs in on the debate by urging the funders “to enforce their mandates more rigorously”, for example with financial penalties for non-compliance.
I wonder if a carrot might not be more effective? Look at the brilliant Humbox (http://www.humbox.ac.uk) repository to see how engaged academics can become when given a user-friendly interface (think Facebook) for sharing their teaching materials, and the promise of constructive comments/ dialogue with peers around their own and others’ open educational resources. Could such a system work across Higher Education Institutions in the UK for research papers as well?