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British Academy publishes report on the implications of open access publication in the humanities and social sciences

27 Nov 2012

The British Academy today publishes a short report outlining the concerns and issues some learned societies and subject associations representing humanities and social sciences have about the impact of new open access policies. The new research council policies are scheduled to take effect from April 2013.

In a meeting organised by the British Academy, representatives from a range or organisations argued that enough thought has not been given to the consequences of the new model of charging researchers to publish on academic and university management behaviour. Academics raised questions about the long-term impact of open access publication on highly esteemed learned society journals and on the freedom to publish research in the most appropriate place. 

The Academy will continue to advocate on behalf of the humanities and social sciences academic community and ensure their concerns about the impact of the open access policies are given proper consideration by policy makers. It will publish a series of commissioned essays on how academics, learned societies and university managers will deal with the new publishing environment. These essays will look at the impact in different disciplines and explore some of the potential risks involved in a rapid move to open access publication. The first set of essays will be published in spring 2013.