[Open-access] SPARC Europe has classified the UK's open access policy in a category of it's own

Ross Mounce ross.mounce at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 15:35:08 UTC 2013

In what I infer to be a rather political move, SPARC Europe has just
published a classification of open access funder mandates:

RCUK is listed alone under the classification title: "Gold (journal-based)
Open Access required:"
Whilst there are 14 funders listed under: "Either Green or Gold routes
satisfy policy requirements"
My understanding of the UK policy was that it allowed either gold or green
OA, with at most gold preferred.

Why then is SPARC Europe making such a point of classifying RCUK as "Gold
OA required" ? This is flat out wrong IMO. Preferred does not equal
required! In no way is gold absolutely *required* by the new RCUK policy.
This is clear misrepresentation.

Why did they do this? Are SPARC Europe trying to help or hinder the Open
Access movement?


Ross Mounce
PhD Student & Open Knowledge Foundation Panton Fellow
Fossils, Phylogeny and Macroevolution Research Group
University of Bath, 4 South Building, Lab 1.07
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