Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Reactions to the Finch report on expanding access

The report of the Working Group chaired by Dame Janet Finch about Expanding Access to Published Research Findings has been published. This recommends a programme of action to enable more people to read and use the publications arising from research. Better, faster communication of research results will bring benefits for public services and for economic growth. It will also bring improved efficiency for researchers, and opportunities for more public engagement with research. The full report can be viewed here, and the executive summary here.

The Wellcome Trust, who leads the group of funders who support UK PubMed Central, has responded to the findings of the report on open access. Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust  said ‘We are delighted that the Finch Report encourages the UK to embrace open access, something that we at the Wellcome Trust feel very strongly about.’ ‘Open access is the only way to ensure that important research is made freely accessible to all. It will help drive forward innovation and breakthroughs in medical research.’

 Below are also some reactions from the media:

BBC


Financial Times


Reuters


THE


The Guardian


Independent


Daily Mail


SPARC Europe



And on the blogs:

SciBlogs


Cameron Neylon


Stephen Curry


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