RSC chief executive welcomes Finch Group findings on Open Access in publishing

19 June 2012

The chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry today welcomed the Finch Group's report into making research findings more accessible.

Dr Robert Parker said: "The RSC has always supported a move towards Gold Open Access, a system we believe to be the most sustainable of the Open Access models that were proposed. 

"The Gold system encourages funding to be made available to support authors during any transition from reader to author side payments.

"It is also important to remember that 'Open Access' does not mean free, with many costs involved, including managing systems and content. 

"It is vital that the RSC maintains its position of preserving the scientific record and we must not forget that authors wish to work with a trusted organisation to publish their research. 

"UK-based scientific publishers contribute an enormous amount to the British economy and unlike some other industries, publishing has never needed specific support or tax breaks from government."

Related Links

Link icon Finch Report
Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings

Link icon Open access is the future of academic publishing, says Finch report
Transition to open access could cost 60m a year but bring benefits for UK economy and increase efficiency of research

Link icon U.K. Panel Backs Open Access for All Publicly Funded Research Papers
A long-awaited government report in the United Kingdom says open access journals should be "the main vehicle for the publication of research."

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