Finch Report panel recommends OA 'co-ordinating structure'

Finch Report panel recommends OA 'co-ordinating structure'

The panel behind last year's Finch Report has recommended the establishment of a formal co-ordinating structure to underpin the development of Open Access.

In a progress review issued more than a year after the original Report was published, the group recommended that such a structure be set up, convened by Universities UK, "to secure dialogue and engagement across all the stakeholders in research communications", to co-ordinate their work, and to handle problems as they arise in the process.

Such a structure would monitor the impact of OA policies on learned societies and co-ordinate moves to help them develop their business models, as well as helping publishers, universities and funders to continue their work with JISC and others to develop the infrastructure of repositories for UK publications, and the technical infrastructure to support both Gold and Green OA.

Universities UK has agreed to take a lead role in helping to establish the structure.

The review noted that "significant progress" had been made since publication of the original Finch Report, saying that "Publishers and learned societies have…taken significant steps by increasing the range of OA options available through their fully-OA and hybrid journals" while claiming the report had been a catalyst for international as well as UK activity.

However, the Finch Group said "while publishers, libraries, JISC and others have co-operated in efforts to develop the necessary infrastructures for both Gold and Green OA, much remains to be done to improve interoperability and effective flows of data between different systems, and to build a co-ordinated infrastructure of repositories."

It also said that controversial issues such as the Research Councils UK's requirement that a Creative Commons CC-BY licence be used when an Article Processing Charge was paid "require careful monitoring."