Is UK humanities research reaching the widest possible audience?

Eve, Martin Paul (2014) Is UK humanities research reaching the widest possible audience? The Guardian . ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Report points to 'serious dangers for the international standing of UK research' in humanities and social sciences.
Today marks the launch of another report on open access, a topic area that is rapidly becoming saturated. The latest document, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (Hefce) and overseen by the British Academy, specifically focuses on the humanities and social sciences in an international environment. The conclusions are fairly clear:

• Hefce's "green" open access recommendations (research accessed via digital repositories) – with up to 24 month embargoes and allowances for exemptions – meet with approval.

• Research Councils UK (RCUK) is unrealistic and its policies, we are told, "pose serious dangers for the international standing of UK research in the humanities".

While such work is welcome, it must be stressed that there are also
some problems with the research here. The most notable problem is the
fact that the researchers destroyed datasets in order to preserve
commercial confidentiality. Nobody can, therefore, check these findings
and they must be treated with caution.

Keywords:Open Access, JCOpen
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P410 Electronic Publishing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:13836
Deposited On:25 Apr 2014 13:38

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