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The move reflects a groundswell of support for ”open access” publishing among academics
Research papers that describe work paid for by the British taxpayer will be free online for universities, companies and individuals to use for any purpose, wherever they are in the world.
The universities and science minister, David Willetts said he expected a full transformation to the open approach over the next two years.
The move reflects a groundswell of support for ”open access” publishing among academics who have long protested that journal publishers make large profits by locking research behind online paywalls.
He said there would be ”massive” economic benefits to making research open to everyone.