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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11824: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 4 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much the NHS has spent in each of the last 10 years to pay any article processing charges that have been levied by publishers on institutions that have carried out NHS-funded research.

Answered by: Shona Robison 25 October 2017

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care directorates funds health research to address health and care challenges in Scotland, which includes but is not restricted to research hosted by the NHS or where the NHS is a participant. CSO requires that information from all papers arising from CSO funded research be deposited in a publicly accessible repository (such as Europe PubMed Central) and be made freely available within 6 months. To facilitate this and open access to the research, CSO currently reimburses the research grant holding institution the costs of the open access publication fees that are applied by scientific and medical journals up to a value of £6,000 per CSO grant funded project for papers accepted for publication within 18 months of completion of the project. The reimbursement costs are not collated separately.