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UUK Open Access Coordination Group

The UUK Open Access Coordination Group works to ensure that the activities to support the transition towards open access in the UK can be effectively coordinated, have an ongoing focus and that progress can be monitored.

The group has no formal powers, but brings funders, institutions, publishers and other stakeholders together to recognise and explore challenges, and to build and maintain a close and constructive dialogue. The Coordination Group has five core objectives: 

  • Developing and interpreting the data and evidence base on the implementation of open access in priority areas 
  • Coordinating related research and activity being undertaken by stakeholders 
  • Commissioning research to fill gaps in the evidence
  • Providing advice on policy and the direction of implementation of open access 
  • Providing advice on the coordination and development of open access infrastructure

The Coordination Group commissioned the first monitoring report on the Transition towards Open Access in 2015. A summary document​ has also been developed. Work has begun on a second monitoring report, which is due to be completed in December 2017.

The coordination group has established four working groups to support the transition towards Open Access in the UK:

 Open Access Efficiencies Forum

  • Chair: Steven Hall, Managing director, IOP Publishing
  • Secretariat: Anna Vernon, Services Manager, Jisc Collections
  • General remit: to investigate and identify solutions to process and infrastructure-side inefficiencies, to enable smoother operation for librarians, researchers and publishers.

Open Access Monographs working group

  • Chair: Shearer West, Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield
  • Secretariat: Helen Snaith, HE Policy Adviser,  Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • General remit: to promote and educate on Open Access Monographs, to enable more academic books (particularly in Arts and Humanities) to be made available via open access.

Open Access Repositories working group

  • Chair: Anne Horn, Director of Library Services and University Librarian, University of Sheffield
  • Secretariat: David Ross, Executive Director - Open Access, SAGE Publications
  • General remit: to investigate and seek solutions to issues around the interoperability of institutional and publisher repositories (data warehouses) which host open access articles. Also, looking to assist long-term curation of articles.​

Open Access Service standards working group

  • Co-Chairs: Professor Yvonne Barnett, PVC-Research, Nottingham Trent University and Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive and Company Secretary, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
  • Secretariat: Dr Michael Jubb, Independent Consultant
  • Remit: to identify and articulate service level expectations of all major stakeholders, and produce a summary 'good practice guide' to assist all parties in smoothly achieving open access outputs.​

 Meeting papers and associatied documentation will be periodically made available in the section below.


 The team

Max Hastings

Max Hastings

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Martina Tortis

Martina Tortis

Policy Analyst
Universities UK
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