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Open access and the geographical community

The move towards ‘open access’ (OA) publication of research will have far reaching effects in the UK and elsewhere. The situation is changing rapidly and much remains uncertain.

The Society will try to keep the geographical community informed about the emerging context and support them in the transition process. As publishers, we will also do all we can to ensure our own publications are compliant, especially with UK OA mandates, in a way that supports all the community across career stages, institutional affiliations and sub-disciplinary areas. The Society's journals are fully compliant with RCUK mandates (see below) and the Society launched its new, fully open access journal, Geo: Geography and Environment (in partnership with Wiley) in July 2014.

The Society is involved in policy discussions about the implementation of OA: Society Director, Dr Rita Gardner, was a member of the Finch Group and is on the JISC OA Implementation Group. We have consulted widely on responses to consultations, notably from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) and RCUK (Research Councils UK). The Society's responses are available on the consultation responses page

This page provides links to key statements and policies, which we will keep updated. For more information on how OA mandates affect researchers and what support is available for authors, please visit the Society's 'Open Access: A Guide for Researchers'.

Key statements and policies


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