The implications of the new UK Open Access policies on the ownership of copyright in academic publishing

Eugen Stoica, “The implications of the new UK Open Access policies on the ownership of copyright in academic publishing” 

For the last three years the UK universities had to comply with new Open Access policies which requires that publicly-funded research should be freely accessible. Considering that in order to publish in the journal of their choice academics are required to assign the copyright or an exclusive license to the publisher and also that most of the research is publicly-funded, suddenly the issue of who owns the copyright in works produced by academics during employment becomes a very stringent one, not to mention expensive. 

The topic of copyright ownership in academia has been debated at length between faculty members and HEIs management without reaching a conclusion. This paper, based on theoretical and practical insights, will examine the new UK Open Access policies and consider whether they might be the deciding arguments of this debate. A possible solution will be proposed and discussed.”