Last week was a week of very necessary catching up with a lot of paperwork I had purposely allowed to accumulate, with comparatively few external engagements to report, although I did attend an event held as part of the upcoming celebrations of the University of Warwick’s half-century. Such meetings provide a welcome opportunity for discussions with senior managers of Higher Education Institutes, with whom the Research Councils anticipate ever-closer working relationships. I also served on an interview panel for the Global Food Security Champion role.
This week I shall thus mainly extemporise, based on recent papers or websites to which I was alerted, about a few of the areas that hold our interest. First was (appropriately enough) an Open Access (OA) paper on the development of Open Access from 1993 to 2009. While its contents can be read by following the link, it is worth noting that the average annual increase in OA papers since 2000 has been 30%. It would seem that the trend towards virtually universal OA publishing is (happily) now irreversible. [...]