The Research Councils UK (RCUK) issued its open-access policy, which, while letting the eight separate Research Councils go their own way, reaffirms the overall “commitment to the guiding principles that publicly funded research must be made available and accessible for public examination as rapidly as practical.” On the day of the announcement three fo the councils – the Medical Research Council, Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) – had already decided to mandate open access to the research they fund.
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