The Finch Report, the Government’s acceptance of its key recommendations, the new RCUK policies on open access, and the consultation by the Funding Councils on possible open access requirements for material to be submitted to the REF expected in 2020, have changed the open access landscape in the UK. All those with a stake in the scholarly communications process – research funders, universities, publishers and not least researchers themselves – are responding to that new landscape and the issues to which it gives rise.
The final act of the Finch Group has been to review progress, in the year since the publication of its report, in the implementation of its recommendations. A report published in November 2013 points to a number of areas where further action is needed, but above all to the need for continued cooperation between all the key stakeholder groups, and for co-ordination of their activities. The Government has responded positively to all the recommendations.
This list provides links to the key documents produced by the Finch Group, Government, Parliament, funders and other stakeholders since publication of the Finch Report in 2012.
Last update: 18 November 2013