Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications. Executive summary


  • Janet Finch
  • Simon Bell
  • Laura Bellingan
  • Robert Campbell
  • Peter Donnelly
  • Rita Gardner
  • Martin Hall
  • Steven Hall
  • Robert Kiley
  • Wim van der Stelt
  • David Sweeney
  • Phil Sykes
  • Adam Tickell
  • Astrid Wissenburg
  • Ron Egginton
  • Michael Jubb


This article is a summary, by the authors, of a 140-page report prepared in 2012 by the UK Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by British sociologist and academic administrator Janet Finch, DBE. The Working Group was charged with recommending how to develop a model that would be effective and sustainable over time, for expanding access to the published fi ndings of research. The whole report, which can be accessed at [], has been published under a Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0 Unported. This is the fi rst of a series of Perspectives articles devoted to the Open Access Initiative that will be published in INTERNATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY. Our journal already published an Editorial on the topic in 2004 (Guerrero R & Piqueras M, Int Microbiol 7:157-161), and strongly supports open access. [Int Microbiol 2013; 16(2):125-132]

Author Biography

Janet Finch