I think, as an individual, you may still be free to blog as you wish. However, if you are commissioned to do research by Joseph Rowntree or Unite you or they will not be free to publish the results directly.
What I am thinking is if your report is tweaked and submitted to a free-to-read, peer-reviewed online academic journal, it might make life more difficult for the government.
If they try to ban the publication of legitimate peer-reviewed academic research, it would damage their reputation irretrievably. Would they really ban British Medical Journal? Or block international journals?
I think this could be a way forward.
Any takers to set up a new online journal of critical research? – See more at:
Hands up everyone who thinks that Ritchie’s reports will pass peer review?