Monitoring the transition to open access

This project aims to monitor the uptake of open access in the UK for research outputs. It comprises a number of work strand's covering four sets of key issues: firstly, accessibility of research via open access (the proportion of literature available in an OA form); secondly, availability of OA options (offered in various forms by publishers); thirdly, usage of OA materials (indicators of levels of usage of OA articles compared with others); fourthly, financial sustainability (for higher education institutions and learned societies in particular). The project is designed to establish a baseline of OA uptake to inform future work. It is sponsored by Universities UK and includes the following partners: the Research Information Network, Elsevier, Research Consulting and the University of Sheffield Information School (Stephen Pinfield and Peter Bath).