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HEFCE Policy for OA in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework - April 2014

In 2013, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) issued a consultation on how they might frame their policy on submissions to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) to be open access (OA).This briefing summarises key points from the policy.


UK VAT – Broadcasting, Telecommunications and E-services; VAT rule changes from 1 January 2015

January 2015 sees important changes to European Union VAT rules affecting businesses supplying digital services. Currently, tax on the supply of broadcasting, telecommunications and electronic services, otherwise known as ‘digital services, to private consumers is paid in the Member State where...


Text and Data Mining - August 2014

Text and data mining is increasingly seen as a useful method of analyzing large volumes of unstructured documents, in order to support innovation and the development of new knowledge, but what does this mean in practice? This briefing is a follow up to P-D-R meetings on TDM


Modernising Copyright in Ireland - November 2013

Following a consultation that took place in 2012, the Copyright Review Committee (CRC) in Ireland has produced its long-awaited report. The consultation would have been recognizable to anyone familiar with the review of copyright undertaken by Ian Hargreaves in the UK, and the title of the...


Sunshine Act - September 2013

On February 1st. 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the final rule implementing the Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests section of...


RCUK Policy on Open Access as of 1 April 2013

Research Councils UK (RCUK) made changes to its open access policy early in 2013. This followed a report from the House of Lords that deemed the previous version unacceptable due to its lack of clarity. RCUK are supportive of Gold Open Access, where an Article Publication Charge (APC) is...


First Sale Doctrine: Summary of Kirtsaeng Ruling - March 2013

On March 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (PDF), which was on appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At issue was whether the First Sale Doctrine (Section 109(a) of the Copyright Act)...


OSTP Memorandum on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research Released - February 2013

Following two consultations (2009, 2011), a specifically convened roundtable and an Act of Congress (America COMPETES Reauthorization Act 2010), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) have finally produced their guidelines for "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally...


House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report on the Implementation of Open Access - February 2013

Following a brief inquiry in January and February 2013, the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have produced a report on their findings on the Implementation of Open Access (pdf). The inquiry consisted of both written and oral evidence sessions and involved a wide range...


UK Government Response to the Consultation on Copyright Exceptions - December 2012

The UK Government today (20 Dec 2012) released their response to the consultation on widening copyright exceptions. A press release was also circulated. Despite the recognition that the “UK already has a strong framework for supporting copyright works”, the Government still feels that there...