RCUK policy non-compliant journalsApril 2nd, 2013 | Posted by in Open Access
So, the new RCUK open access policy is now in play… and guess what – there’s plenty of journals out there that are not accommodating it at the moment. Perhaps this is just out of ignorance? Perhaps this is an area where a little nudge from interested parties e.g. open access advocates, RCUK-funded academics, and other concerned people might help?
With this aim I have just emailed the editorial board of the Taylor & Francis journal Systematics and Biodiversity to let them know that their journal is not currently RCUK-compliant (see screenshot from FACT below).
Dear Elliot, (and British-based members of the Systematics and Biodiversity editorial board)
As you may know, Research Councils UK (RCUK) have instituted a new open access policy to further the dissemination and re-use of all RCUK-funded research. Included within RCUK is BBSRC, MRC, NERC & STFC.
Further details here
This policy came into force on 1st April 2013.
All papers to be published in future, arising from RCUK-funded research must now comply with this new RCUK policy or they will not be REF-able. Publishing in a non-compliant journal may also adversely affect future grant applications.
The University of Nottingham has made a helpful website to let people check before they submit their manuscripts – which journals are RCUK policy compliant, and which journals are NOT compliant.
It is called the ‘Funders & Authors Compliance Tool‘
I was browsing this website and discovered that your journal: ‘Systematics and Biodiversity‘ (ISSN: 1477-2000) is NOT compliant with the new RCUK policy, for researchers with BBSRC, MRC, NERC or STFC funding.
This may deter many British academics from submitting manuscripts to your journal…
May I suggest you discuss this at your next editorial board meeting?
The simplest route to compliance would be to talk to your publisher – Taylor & Francis, point out the issue, and convince them to either:
* allow all RCUK-funded research to be published under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY)
* allow the Accepted version of RCUK-funded articles to appear in open access repositories after a 6 month embargo
It may also interest you to note that an entire editorial board recently resigned from a Taylor & Francis journal over a similar dispute relating to open access & licencing. I’m sure you need not necessarily take such drastic action.
All the best,
I’ll let you know as and when I get a response to this email.
Perhaps you know of a journal in your field that you’d also like to see offer RCUK-compliant publishing options? Check with the FACT tool, and let that editorial board know – they may be able to do something about it http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/fact/index.php