Developing strategies to ensure compliance with funders’ open access policies

Pontika, Nancy and Rozenberga, Dace (2015). Developing strategies to ensure compliance with funders’ open access policies. Insights, 28(1) pp. 32–36.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.168

Abstract

Funding bodies for higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom (UK) have recently introduced policies with a strong focus on open access (OA). The Research Councils UK (RCUK) ‘Policy on Open Access’ mandates OA compliance through either hybrid or pure OA journals, or through self-archiving. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has recently introduced a self-archiving policy for journal articles and conference proceedings. Both policies have necessitated new practices among UK HEIs that relate to advocacy, adoption of internal OA policies, managing article processing charges (APCs), and monitoring and reporting compliance with them. This case study details the path Royal Holloway University of London, has taken to navigate its way through these recent changes and challenges.

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