Category Archives: Open Access

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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Reduced Article Processing Charges

Due to the various institutional subscriptions we have with academic publishers, several off-setting deals are now available to OU researchers who wish to publish Gold Open Access. Springer OU researchers publishing in Springer can get articles published Gold at no … Continue reading

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Training opportunity: Getting to grips with Open Access Publishing

  Getting to Grips with Open Access Publishing 8th December 2015 from 2.00 – 3:30 pm Seminar Rooms 1&2, 2nd Floor, Library   Increasingly, researchers are expected to publish their outputs by open access to satisfy the requirements of the research … Continue reading

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October top downloads from ORO, referrals and social media

Top 15 Downloads for October are below – some are regulars but some new ones tell a story! During Open Access week I was asked which social media channels drive traffic to ORO the most.  I rather dismissively said that the … Continue reading

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Springer Compact on Open Access

Springer (in association with Jisc) have recently announced a new Compact for UK Universities and their researchers. Researchers from eligible UK Universities (including the OU) are now eligible to get their articles published Gold Open Access.  No charges need to be paid … Continue reading

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Open Access Week – Academic Social Networking Sites

On Monday Katy Jordan from IET gave a talk on Academic Social Networking Sites (SNS) as part of Open Access Week.  Katy is currently a postgraduate student and her provisional thesis title is Reshaping the Higher Education network? Analysis of … Continue reading

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