This study was commissioned by Universities UK’s Open Access Co-ordination Group in response to a recommendation of the Finch Group in its second report in 2013 that reliable indicators should be gathered on key features of the transition to open access (OA) in the UK. The findings presented in the report from the study, Monitoring the Transition to Open Access, are thus a first attempt at generating such indicators covering five sets of issues:
We are aware that the data we have been able to gather presents a number of challenges to which we draw attention in the body of this report. We make some recommendations that could lead to improvements in the quality of the data; and we are also aware that in subsequent exercises, improvements could be made in the methodologies we have adopted. Hence we have tried to be both clear and cautious in presenting the findings, set out in the report.
The report includes an executive summary, and the findings are also outlined in a Universities UK factsheet, downloadable here.
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