Institute of Physics comments on government’s response to the Finch Report

16 July 2012

Institute of Physics News

Commenting on today’s response from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills to the Finch Report on expanding access to research publications, Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of the Institute of Physics, said:

“We welcome the government’s commitment to support almost all of the recommendations of the Finch report.  We are particularly pleased that the response recognises the importance of the academic publishing sector which delivers jobs and exports for the UK, and of learned societies like the Institute of Physics, whose educational and outreach activities depend on gift aid from our publishing company. 

“For a truly international endeavour like scientific publishing, the transition to an open access model in the UK will involve some complex challenges and carry some additional costs, as the response recognises.  We are concerned that these transitional costs appear set to fall on the science budget, reducing the funding available for UK researchers to carry on the work that has put this country at the forefront of many fields, including physics. 

“We hope that it may still be possible for government to find alternative means of covering these costs through the transitional period.”