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  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 12:25:15 +0100
  • Organization: IUCr

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Subject: K-speak Links a new news service for STI
Date: Tuesday 28 June 2005 9:12 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>

Dear All,

At the Moscow GA, ICSTI Member Scope Knowledge announced they would be 
launching a news service for STI. The service is now live and includes short 
news items as well as references to longer items of information such as 
presentations and articles. There is also a Directory and a list of events.

ICSTI Members and others on this list are invited to use the site and to 
please provide feedback to Sivadas at Scope (sivadas@scopeknowledge.com)

The address for the site is http://www.knowledgespeak.com

Thanks, Barry


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Subject: Fwd: Press Release: RCUK Announces Proposed Position on Access to              
Research Outputs
Date: Tuesday 28 June 2005 9:28 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>

With apologies for any duplication

Bye, Barry

        RCUK Announces Proposed Position on Access to Research Outputs

    The principal investors in publicly-funded research in the UK have
    responded to the debate on improved access to research outputs by
    putting forward their emerging views on the issue.

    The eight UK Research Councils, under the umbrella of Research
    Councils UK (RCUK), have proposed to make it mandatory for research
    papers arising from Council-funded work to be deposited in openly
    available repositories at the earliest opportunity.

    The Councils are seeking views on their position statement published
    today (28 June 2005) on the RCUK website.

    RCUK spokesman, Professor Ian Diamond said that Councils have already
    widely consulted the research community:

    "We've held workshops, given evidence at Select Committees, met with
    the publishers through a DTI working group and written out to all
    UK Vice Chancellors to share our views as they emerge on this issue
    and hear what others are saying," he said.

    "The technology that has led to this debate is still evolving and
    so is our position. We see today's statement as a starting point
    and we're actively seeking the views of all parties involved in the
    debate, such as the Learned Societies," he added.

    RCUK's position would apply to new grants awarded after 1 October
    this year. Given the long-term nature of most research, the impact
    of the policy will not be felt immediately.

    "The Research Councils are responsible for supporting and promoting
    the activities of a research base that is vibrant, productive and
    sustainable. We're therefore committed to ensuring the widest possible
    dissemination of ideas and knowledge, effective quality assurance of
    research and its results, cost effective use of public funds and the
    long-term preservation of research outputs. Our emerging position on
    the access issue should come as no surprise to those who understand
    our remit," said Professor Diamond.

    RCUK proposes:

      * A requirement for all grants awarded from 1 October 2005 that, subject 
      * copyright and licensing arrangements, a copy of any resultant 
      * journal articles or conference proceedings should be deposited in an
      * appropriate e-print repository (either institutional or subject-based)
      * wherever such a repository is available to the award-holder. Deposit 
      * take place at the earliest opportunity, wherever possible at or around 
      * time of publication.
      * Research Councils will also encourage, but not formally oblige,
      * award-holders to deposit articles arising from grants awarded before 1
      * October 2005.
      * Councils will ensure that applicants for grants are allowed, subject 
      * justification of cost-effectiveness, to include in the costing of 
      * projects the predicted costs of any publication in author-pays 

    The Research Councils argue that technology offers new possibilities to
    communicate the results of research, through developments in electronic 
    such as open access journals and e-print repositories.

    Notes for editors

    A full copy of RCUK's position statement on access to research outputs can 
    found at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/access/index.asp

    Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the partnership between the UK's eight 
    Councils. Through RCUK, the Councils work together to champion the 
    training and innovation they support. The Councils are independent
    non-departmental public bodies, funded by the Science Budget through the 
Office of
    Science and Technology.

    RCUK was created to increase the collective visibility, leadership and 
    influence of the Research Councils; to stimulate multi-disciplinary 
research that
    encourages collaboration; to provide a single focus for collective 
dialogue with
    stakeholders and to encourage greater harmonisation of internal 

    The partnership is led by the RCUK Executive Group, which meets monthly 
    comprises the chief executives of the eight Research Councils. The Group 
    currently chaired by Professor Ian Diamond, chief executive of the 
Economic and
    Social Research Council.

    BBSRC http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/ currently manages media relations for
    Research Councils UK. Please contact Media Officer, Matt Goode 01793 

    The eight UK Research Councils are:

      * Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC);
      * Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
      * Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC);
      * Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC);
      * Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
      * Medical Research Council (MRC);
      * Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
      * Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council (PPARC).

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