Research Councils UK has committed to commissioning an independent review of its open access policies in 2014, in updated guidelines published on 9 April.
RCUK first published an open-access policy in July 2012. A revised policy was published on 6 March and following consultation on this a second revision has now been published.
The organisation has said that the initial review of its open-access policy, to take place in 2014, will have an independent chairman and will include independent members. It has also provided more details on what issues will be examined, including the policy’s impact on different disciplines, peer review and collaboration both within the UK and internationally.