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The environment surrounding open access to monographs was significantly advanced today by the release of a report commissioned by the UK’s Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), a quango (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation) that translates the government’s higher education budget allocation into usable funds. In April 2014, HEFCE announced that eligibility to receive future funding through its “quality-related” (QR) stream would depend exclusively upon the assessment of green open access material: a mandate. Specifically, authors must deposit the accepted version of their articles at the time of acceptance (Higher Education Funding Council for England 2014, para.17–19). However, monographs ‘and other-long form publications’, edited collections, non-text outputs and data are all excluded from this mandate (Higher Education Funding Council for England 2014, para.14).
Source: The HEFCE report on Open Access Monographs: some reflections