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Open access

We strongly support increasing access to the findings of public funded research. 


Open access to research makes it easier for business and the voluntary and public sectors to access research findings. It could also enhance the wider public understanding of research and has the potential to make conducting research easier. 

SFC therefore welcomes the Finch report and the Secretary of State’s response and looks forward to the continuing debate on how best to expand access to public funded research outputs. In 2012, the UK Government accepted the recommendations of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Dame Janet Finch. The working group’s report recommended action to allow more people to read and use the publications arising from research. 

SFC and the other three UK funding bodies have published details of a new policy for open access relating to future research assessments after the 2014 REF. 

On behalf of the four UK funding bodies, HEFCE has published information and audit requirements in the policy for Open access in the post-2014 REF.

If you have any queries please email (your email will be forwarded to Research England).