Friday, October 26, 2012
Irish Research Council Open Access Policy
The IRC was established in March 2012, merging the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). The IRC will enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across the diversity of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of cultural, economic and societal development (www.research.ie).
In July 2012 the European Commission issued a number of recommendations relating to access and preservation of scientific information for member states and it is following on from this that a National Open Access policy has now been developed.
In line with developing updated policies and procedures for the new IRC, it is timely to adopt an up to date Open Access Policy. The draft IRC Open Access Policy is based on the IRCSET Open Access Policy (effective 2008) but has been updated to incorporate recent Open Access developments and to make sure that it addresses all aspects of the wider research community now covered.