The Finch Group needs to grasp the nettle
September 12, 2013
Paul Jump’s coverage of open-access issues in Times Higher Education continues with today’s post discussing the fallout from the new BIS report. That report says:
The Finch group, composed of representatives from publishers, universities, funders and libraries [...] was charged with determining a route to open access to which all interested parties could sign up.
There’s your problem, right there. Barrier-based publishers want the opposite to what everything else wants: to set the default to zero access. It’s fundamentally impossible to satisfy both researchers/students/doctors/businesses that want access, and publishers that want to deny them access.
The Finch Group — or BIS, if they can’t get it done — is going to have to grasp the nettle and accept that the UK’s solution on open access is going to make someone very unhappy. The only question is whether that Someone is going to be (A) barrier-based publishers, or (B) literally everyone else in the world.