Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has welcomed the consultation that UKRI has launched for their Open Access Review and the opportunity it gives to engage constructively with UKRI to ensure a sustainable future for research communication.
Taylor & Francis is a strong advocate of Open Research. Open Research can benefit society, generate greater academic, social and economic impact and improve research integrity and rigor through greater transparency and efficiency. Taylor & Francis supports a policy that increases the proportion of research outputs that are immediately available for any interested party to access, while ensuring that adequate funding is in place to support their creation, dissemination and curation on an Open basis.
To fully realise the potential of Open Research, however, change needs to occur at all stages of the research cycle. While Taylor & Francis understands UKRI’s rationale for focusing initially on research outputs, it is recommended that as part of its communication following the consultation, UKRI provide more information around its plans around changing research culture, including rewards and incentives in institutions.
Further, Taylor & Francis asks UKRI to carefully consider the implications around the proposed OA policy for monographs, book chapters and edited collections, given the need to treat long form content differently to research articles.
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