SCONUL strongly supports the introduction of the UK Scholarly Communications Licence which will foster scholarly communications by allowing academics to retain re-use rights for their work. It means they can publish in their journal of choice irrespective of whether or not it is compliant with OA policies. And it will drive impact as open access has been shown to increase citations. Academics, institutions and publishers should feel comfortable in embracing the licence which is modelled on successful policies already in use elsewhere and which is a proportionate and workable response to the challenges that academics and their institutions face in the current OA environment
Professor Nick Jennings CB, FREngVice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) / Imperial College London
The UK-SCL – a model open access policy based on the Harvard model – enables academics and their institutions to retain re-use rights without compromising their ability to publish in the journal of choice. It furthers UK funder aims of increased openness and transparency in research and supports REF2021 eligibility and compliance with many funder OA policies.
Professor Martin Paul EveProfessor of Literature, Technology and Publishing / Birkbeck, University of London
The UK SCL represents an easier, less burdensome route for academics to achieve open access to their work, thereby broadening their readership and enabling hassle-free compliance with funder policies. Modelled on actively successful policies elsewhere, it is a hugely positive undertaking for the UK research community.
Dr Jon TennantCommunications Director at ScienceOpen
Founder of PaleorXiv
Founder of the Open Science MOOC / ScienceOpen
The UK SCL represents an important step towards accelerating scholarly communication of research by allowing authors to retain their rights, enabling maximum re-use.
Professor Stephen CurryAssistant Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)
Professor of Structural Biology / Imperial College London
For too long academics like myself have handed over copyright on our research articles without properly thinking through the consequences. The UK Scholarly Communications Licence is a sensible and constructive initiative that empowers researchers to retain an appropriate and proportionate level of control on their work, without compromising their ability to have it published in peer-reviewed journals.
The UK is currently in transition towards providing open access to outputs from all publicly funded research. As part of this transition, researchers find themselves under a variety of institutional, funder and publisher policies outlining what they should and should not do with the papers they write. These policies can sometimes be unclear or even be mutually contradictory, leaving authors in an uncertain position and concerned that they are failing to meet one or more of the requirements to place upon them.
The UK Scholarly Communications Licence and Model Policy (UK-SCL) seeks to reduce this confusion and ambiguity. By assigning a non-exclusive licence to their institution, UK authors will be assured that the main funder and institutional policies can be complied with. Publishers will also have clarity on the terms under which they receive papers from UK authors, and the non-exclusive nature of the UK-SCL (together with the associated embargo periods) ensure that they can continue to add value through their publishing activity.
RLUK strongly supports the implementation of the UK-SCL and encourages UK institutions to adopt the Licence for the benefit of their researchers. We look forward to the positive effect the UK-SCL will have in moving the UK through the transition to a functioning publishing environment where research papers are available to all interested readers via open access.
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