The British Academy presents a report investigating some of the issues involved in open access publishing, which seeks to examine various practical issues and difficulties that may arise, using the example of twelve disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).
There are separate ethical, financial and practical arguments in favour of developing open-access provision. At the same time, various difficulties have been identified in practice, focussing on undesired consequences of the desired aims. This report looks at which risks might hinder the process and expansion of open access as it is currently proposed. It focuses above all on 'green' open access policies (the posting of post-peer-review author-accepted manuscripts, on the internet in University repositories, after embargo periods). The report goes on to warn that if UK open-access policies are followed too rigidly, this will, in some disciplines at least, undermine the international reach and thus standing of the country's research.
This research project was led by Professor Chris Wickham FBA, with support and co-writing from Dr Rebecca Darley and Dr Daniel Reynolds. The project was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and was overseen by a Steering Committee set up by the British Academy to manage the project.
Published 17 April 2014 ISBN 978-0-85672-614-9
Debating Open Access
A collection of eight articles discussing the challenges of open access for the humanities and the social sciences, published 1 July 2013.
Featuring contributions from:
Stuart M Shieber
Martin Paul Eve
Understanding the implications of open access publication in humanities and social sciences disciplines, 27 November 2012 publication summarising 22 October meeting
Open Access to research: British Academy response, 26 July 2012
Open Access: The New Future of Academic Publishing? British Academy panel discussion 12 January 2012