Academic Knowledge, Open Access and Democracy (n.d.)

Synopsis: “This recommendation provides an evidence-based case for Open Access to address economic growth and social and commercial innovation through dissemination of academic knowledge in the digital age. It shows that Open Access (gold or green) could and should be properly mandated and monitored so that publicly-funded research is freely available to the tax-payer. This non-legislative measure will fulfill the government?s commitment to transparency and openness, ensure that British universities can compete in the changing European and global context, provide greater return on investment for the funding councils and enable fairer access to knowledge across society as a whole. Our recommendations are supported and undersigned here by many of the country?s leading creators, users and distributors of academic knowledge.”