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House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Scientific Publications :Free for all ? Tenth Report of Session 2003-04

Published on 20 July 2004 by authority of the House of Commons

lundi 31 janvier 2005, par Collecte CND R.L

Academic libraries are struggling to purchase subscriptions to all the journal titles needed by their users. This is due both to the high and increasing journal prices imposed by commercial publishers and the inadequacy of library budgets to meet the demands placed upon them by a system supporting an ever increasing volume of research.

Whilst there are a number of measures that can be taken by publishers, libraries and academics to improve the provision of scientific publications, a Government strategy is urgently needed.

This Report recommends that all UK higher education institutions establish institutional repositories on which their published output can be stored and from which it can be read, free of charge, online.

It also recommends that Research Councils and other Government funders mandate their funded researchers to deposit a copy of all of their articles in this way.

The Government will need to appoint a central body to oversee the implementation of the repositories ; to help with networking ; and to ensure compliance with the technical standards needed to provide maximum functionality. Set-up and running costs are relatively low, making institutional repositories a cost-effective way of improving access to scientific publications.

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