Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Raising compliance with UKPMC Funders’ OA mandates: action plan

The Wellcome Trust, on behalf of the UKPMC Funders’ Group, held a workshop in September 2009, for HEI repository managers and research/open access administrators, to discuss the issues involved in ensuring that funder open access mandates are met.

Prior to the workshop, a questionnaire was distributed to delegates, to identify the different barriers (and the most important of these) which prevent adherence to the mandates.

The results of the survey were summarised during the workshop and then delegates broke into groups to develop actions around the main themes of :
  • Accessing funding
  • Communication
  • Monitoring compliance
  • Messages for publishers

The actions generated from these groups form the basis of a joint action plan, which comprises three ‘mini’ action plans: one for funders, one for institutions and one for publishers.

The UKPMC Funders’ Group will take overall ownership of the further development and implementation of these plans and will work with institutions and publishers to do this, through a new ‘Institutions’ Panel’ and a reconvened ‘Publishers’ Panel’.

The Insitutions' Panel is now being established by the Wellcome Trust. The inaugural meeting will be in April or May 2010 and it is likely that the panel will meet twice a year. Any repository managers or research/open access administrators who support researchers funded by UKPMC funding organisations who are interested in finding out more about this panel, or who would like to join, are invited to contact the Wellcome Trust, in the first instance, at openaccess@wellcome.ac.uk.