Why We Still Oppose Gold and Also Oppose Hybrid Open Access

Rosemary Hunter, Donatella Alessandrini


In Vol 2, No 2 of feminists@law (2012) we published our response to the Finch Report as an Editorial titled ‘Why We Oppose Gold Open Access’. Five years later, it is timely to take stock of what has happened since the Finch Report and to revisit our assessment of the government’s and research funders’ open access (OA) policies. Our focus in this Editorial is on journal publishing in Law and more generally in Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) rather than in the STEM disciplines, on which much of the OA literature since Finch has been based.  We consider first how the market in OA has developed since 2012, and secondly how the OA ecosystem now appears, before finally making proposals for the future.


open access; journal publishing; Finch report; HEFCE; RCUK

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