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Don’t be seduced by green open access, says Willetts

In a speech to the Berlin Open Access Conference this month, the UK's science minister David Willetts warned that green open access fails to protect the quality of publications.

The speech, delivered on 20 November, was later published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In it, Willetts described the green model of open access—in which papers are published in an online repository, often after an agreed embargo period—as "seductive". But he warned that it “fails to protect either the timeliness and assured quality of what the reader is seeing, or the publisher’s ability to deliver peer review to achieve quality in the first place”.

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