Category Archives: Open Access

HEFCE Open Access Policy: one year on – how is it working?

It’s been one year since the HEFCE Open Access Policy for the next REF came into force. In a nutshell the policy requires all journal articles and published conference items (with an ISSN) to be deposited in a repository within … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Repository Downloads

The download data of Open Access content in ORO can tell some fascinating stories, the counts from December and January are no exception… it really is amazing what you can discover with a bit of digging! The first one that … Continue reading

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HEFCE Open Access Policy – Update

Earlier this week HEFCE updated their Open Access policy. It had been expected that the time frame for deposit to a repository would shift from 3 months of first online publication to 3 months of acceptance from 1st April 2017 … Continue reading

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Open Access Week 2016

The 9th Global Open Access Week is held between October 24th to 30th, the theme this year is “Open in Action”. Library Services is marking Open Access Week with 3 events, all sessions are open to all.   Open Research Data … Continue reading

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Social Media, Open Access and the Institutional Repository

The impact of engaging with social media in conjunction with Open Access papers in a repository is not new and was perhaps first illustrated by Melissa Terras back in 2012 in her blog post Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth … Continue reading

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Why embargo periods are bad for academic publishers

The recent EU Competitiveness Council’s Conclusions on The transition towards an Open Science system calls for “immediate open access as the default by 2020, using the various models possible and in a cost-effective way, without embargoes or with as short as possible … Continue reading

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Doing Open Access and Being Open Access

As we deal with the increased deposit in the institutional repository precipitated by the HEFCE Open Access Policy it rather strikes me that our increased activities meeting the policy can be seen as doing Open Access but is it really … Continue reading

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The Rise of Preprints

There has been a host of media coverage on the growth of preprints in scholarly communications recently. The continuing adoption of bioRxiv a preprint server for biology has been reported in mainstream media, in The New York Times and Wired as well as … Continue reading

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Open Access, can you afford not to?

We’ve designed a few posters to publicise Open Access publishing please feel free to distribute. PDFs: Orange Open Access Poster: OrangeOAPoster Stars Open Access Poster: StarsOAPoster Clouds Open Access Poster: cloudsOAPoster

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FP7 Open Access Pilot

Are you are publishing from a closed FP7 project?  If so a pilot Open Access scheme may be able to provide monies to make those publications Open Access via the Gold route. Applications should be made at point of acceptance with the publisher, but … Continue reading

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