Monitoring the transition to open access

This project aimed to monitor the uptake of open access in the UK for research outputs. It comprised 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 was designed to establish a baseline of OA uptake to inform future work. It was 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).

The project initially ran from January to September 2015 and was funded to update its work from April to December 2017.

The final project report was published in December 2017.