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The UK government announced earlier this month that 2014 will be the year of open access in the UK, with publicly funded research being made immediately accessible to anyone who wants it. But as The Guardian reported at the time, while many researchers were happy with the plan, they were worried about the transition costs being taken out of the UK's existing research budget.

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