RIN have just published a new report (Heading for the open road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications) looking at ways to help develop free public access to academic research publications in the journal literature via open access publishing models and institutional or subject repositories.
It is important that researchers try to retain the right to deposit their papers in institutional repositories. Institutional repositories help the research community to provide open access to research papers. They provide a showcase for an institution’s research output, and a simple way to allow the wider public to engage with the results of academic research. For the individual researcher, the discovery of their open access full-text articles via such repositories can help to increase their profile internationally.
Recently, JISC have been concerned by certain activities which they consider may pose a threat to authors’s rights in this area.
Read what JISC have to say about it and find out what your rights are.