BIS Select Committee: Government 'Wrong On Gold Open Access'

Lisa Campbell | The Bookseller | September 10, 2013

The Business, Innovation and Skills select committee has criticised the government's preference for gold open access publishing over the five-year transition period to open access. The BIS committee has issued a report after examining the conclusions of the Finch Review, and speaking with over 100 representatives of the publishing, higher education and research communities.
The BIS report, released this morning (10th September), said the government should allow green open access during the five-year transition period to full open access, instead of stating a preference for gold. It also criticised the VAT levied on digital journals in comparison to the VAT-free print versions, saying that the government should work harder to lobby the European Commission to reduce the VAT levied on digital journals...