OA brings public-sector savings

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The UK public sector saves £28.6 million per year through open access, but could save more in the future, according to new reports from the UK Open Access Implementation Group.

According to the reports, the UK public sector spends £135 million a year, made up of subscriptions and time spent trying to find articles, accessing the journal papers it needs to perform effectively. Each extra 5 per cent of journal papers accessed via open access on the web would save the public purse £1.7 million, even if no subscription fees were saved. 

The reports make a number of recommendations for increasing awareness of open access. These include promoting the value of the information produced as a result of public research funding and exploring ways of improving relationships between academic researchers and workers in other sectors who rely on their research to do their jobs well.>