As we’ve noted before, the UK government is adopting a very shortsighted policy of insisting that any research which was funded by the government (including PhD research) must be published at a ‘Gold’ standard of open access if the journal publishing it offers this. The Gold standard requires the submitter to pay. Wealthier institutions will be able to pay this for authors. But even they will have to choose which papers they’re willing to pay for. And those at poorer institutions, or un/under-employed will have to pay themselves (which will very often be the case for recent PhDs). HEFCE has opened a brief consultation. Please do write in and tell them why this is such a terrible idea. It looks to me like you don’t have to be a UK academic to write in. And it seems to me that the shaming of the international community might be a good thing. (If the government went for ‘Green’ open access there would be no charge to publish.)
The address to write to is openaccess AT hefce.ac.uk, and the deadline is 25 March.
For more on the topic from the British Philosophical Association see here.