From the July issue of SPARC Open Access Newsletter, Peter Suber's excellent summary of the benefits of the long-awaited open-access policy from the Research Councils UK (RCUK):
Before the new RCUK policy, there were OA mandates from private research funders (Wellcome Trust), near-mandates from public research funders (Germany), OA requests, exhortations, or non-mandates from public research funders (US, Finland), and proposed mandates for public research funders (Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ukraine, US, and the European Union). But the RCUK mandates will be the world's first OA mandates from public research funders. The BBSRC, ESRC, MRC are the first public funding agencies anywhere to take this important stance. This is a huge step forward.
For more, see the complete post.Posted by stemp003 at July 7, 2006 4:49 PM