Author Archives: Chris

About Chris

Chris looks after Open Research Online (ORO) on a day to day basis. He has worked in this role since 2011 and can advise on using ORO to maximise dissemination of research outputs and Open Access publishing generally.

UKRI Article Processing Charges and Gold Open Access at the OU

The UKRI block grant is now in it’s 6th year.  The grant pays for Open Access Article Processing Charges for articles and conference proceedings that are the result of a UKRI funding body grant. (1) There is nothing particularly unique … Continue reading

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What is a post-print and where do I get it? Guidance on what can be added to repositories and where to find it

The people behind the Open Access discovery tool Open Access button have recently published 2 useful guides. The first Pre-prints, post-prints, and publisher’s PDF explained offers some guidance  on how to identify: Pre-prints (or Submitted Versions) Post-prints (or Accepted Author Manuscripts) Published … Continue reading

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#ThesisThursday at The Open University

So Dan Weinbren quotes Steven Rose the OU’s first professor of biology in his history of the OU. (1)   It’s not just true of research in general but also postgraduate research: The Open University is a destination for PhD students.  And that’s … Continue reading

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ORO Annual Update 2017-18

PDF Version: ORO Update 2017-18 Highlights from the ORO year include a big increase in deposits to ORO, this was due to: Requirements on self archiving for the REF2021 exercise Deposit of around 500 theses digitised by the EThOS service Strategies for … Continue reading

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Student Dissertations in ORO

We are very pleased to have recently added some third level student dissertations to ORO.  They are for the History module “A329 – The making of Welsh history” and are listed in ORO on their own Student Dissertations page. Adding student projects to … Continue reading

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If ORO was a drink.. what would it be?

I recently attended the Playful Learning conference at Manchester.  The conference introduced me to a variety of playful strategies to use in both teaching situations and in  everyday work scenarios. One of the very first things we were asked to do … Continue reading

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Opening Umbrellas: Icons in Academic Publishing.

HAZARD! OPENING UMBRELLAS. With a (big) hat tip to Dr. Susan Gibbons, (Yale University) whose presentation at Researcher to Reader 2018 triggered this post. Spending as much time as I do trawling the academic literature, one becomes immune to the plethora of … Continue reading

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Open Access and ORO – not just about mandates!

The biggest challenge facing  Institutional Repositories like ORO is not meeting the REF Open Access policy, although that is important!  Rather it is demonstrating their long term value to the research community they serve.  Take the case of the discussion paper authored by Dr … Continue reading

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ORO Drop-in

Hi, I’m holding an Open Research Online (ORO) drop in next Wednesday 23rd May from 10-12. I’ll be in the Library Bookends cafe area (by the book swap) and will be happy to answer any questions on ORO, Open Access … Continue reading

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REF 2021 Open Access Policy – Update

The Open Access policy for the next REF has been amended. To be eligible for submission to the next REF, HEFCE now requires that the full-text of journal articles and published, peer-reviewed conference proceedings (with an ISSN) are deposited in … Continue reading

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