UK academic publishers have long been proactive supporters of Open Access – ensuring that the published outputs of academic research are made available to the public as soon and as widely as possible.
Their work over the last decade has helped ensure that the UK offers one of the highest proportions of Open Access research content in the world.
Academic publishing is a vital part of the research cycle, ensuring that results are validated, presented effectively, discoverable and have greater overall impact.
Publishers add value to the quality, integrity and accuracy of the UK’s research outputs and, at a time when the volume of untested and misleading “research” is higher than ever, it is vital that the critical role played by publishers is understood and championed by policymakers.
Publishers are committed to delivering on the Open Access agenda, but do require the necessary time, flexibility and funding to do so.