Changes in scientific publishing, particularly as related to access to publications, have been the focus of many studies over the last 20 years. The critical change in the last few years is that policymakers (governments, funders, and other research administrators) are prepared now to make binding changes to the ways that scientific information is communicated.
The precise nature of these changes and how they are implemented will have serious implications for scientists, publishers, and libraries. Understanding the impact of transitions to open access, the effects that different policies might have on those transitions, and the outcomes for scientists and others as these transitions occur is the focus of our work.
The first step in this work was an invitation-only workshop held 28 March 2012 to explore the range of policy issues in play and policy gaps that will require attention from decisionmakers.
In addition, the Programme is looking at issues of access to the data underlying scientific papers. The Science Policy and Publishing session at The EMBO Meeting 2012 in Nice, France, focused on the increasing need for data sharing and reproducibility in scientific research and presented a range of solutions adopted by publishers and by regulatory bodies.
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