OPEN ACCESS DEBATE

Open Access and the Threat to Academic Freedom 
 
Hosted by Cambridge University and College Union
 
When: Thursday March 7th, 5-7pm
 
Where: GR-05, English Faculty, West Road
 
Who: Prof. Peter Mandler (History), Dr. Meera Sabaratnam (POLIS)
 
The Government is pushing academic publishing to a ‘pay-to-say’ model in order to achieve open access to publicly funded research. This ‘gold’ route to open access, which levies Article Processing Charges (as proposed in the Finch Report and taken up by RCUK and HEFCE) poses a major problem for academics in the UK: independent researchers and academics without departmental or Faculty support will be forced to pay just under £3,000 in Article Processing Charges for the privilege of submitting articles for publication in academic journals.
 
Why is this happening? How will it affect those in our academic community?
How ought we to respond?
 
Peter Mandler and Meera Sabaratnam have both publicly questioned the rationale of these proposed changes which, if implemented, will have far-reaching effects for all academic workers at this university and beyond:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/9829971/Open-access-plans-are-attack-on-academic-freedoms.html;
 
http://thedisorderofthings.com/2012/12/04/open-access-hefce-ref2020-and-the-threat-to-academic-freedom/.
 
Cambridge UCU has organised a panel discussion to discuss the implications of ‘Gold’ Open Access, to follow on from a national day of action on
anti-casualisation: http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6427
 
Non-UCU members are welcome to attend this event; it is an issue which concerns us all.
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