Open Access at Bath

We support open access publication at the University of Bath

Open Access at the University of Bath - 2015 renewal

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This blog has been quietly laying dormant for a few years, despite our on-going open access activity and we've decided to re-awaken it to promote the work of the recently formed Ginger Group on Open Access here at the University of Bath.

The Ginger Group was convened by the ProViceChancellor - Research with the aim of ensuring the full text of all research outputs [from authors at Bath] are placed on Pure at the point of acceptance, in readiness for the HEFCE REF Open Access Policy starting on 1 April 2016.  As noted on the HEFCE website,

"The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. 

The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. The policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016."

We'll post more comments and updates here on the blog.





Open Access Week


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Happy OA Week!

To celebrate International Open Access week we have organised a mini-conference on the theme 'innovations in publication', with guest speakers from within and external to the University. See more at our (other) blog post. If you're at the University of Bath, we hope you can join us in the Graduate Centre, 4 West.
If you are new to the idea of open access to research, you might like to take a look at this blog post from Neil Stewart which is specifically about open access via the 'Green Route' of institutional repositories:


Open Van Gogh


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Good news for art lovers:  the J. Paul Getty Museum are making thousands of high quality images of art works in their collection freely available without restriction on use, including this famous Van Gogh:

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

See the Getty Open Content Program for thousands more beautful images - all freely available for you to use as you wish!


HEFCE consultation on open access in the post-2014 REF

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HEFCE have set out proposals for implementing an open access requirement in the post-2014 REF.

The core of HEFCE's proposal is that journal articles and conference proceedings should be accessible through a UK HEI repository (like the University of Bath's Opus) immediately upon either acceptance or publication.  Both 'green' and 'gold' routes to open access would be acceptable, as long as the accepted, peer-reviewed text is accessible through a repository.  Embargo periods on copies in repositories are also acceptable.

HEFCE propse to apply this open access criteria to publications from 2016 onwards.

HEFCE's consultation is open until 30th October 2013 and they intend to announce their policy decision in early 2014.


SPARC Author Addendum

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Way back in 2006, SPARC put out their 'Author Addendum', a 'legal instrument that modifies the publisher's agreement' for the author to assert various copyrights.

Basically it's a document that is attached to the copyright form usually received by authors that outlines modifications that the author wishes to make.


1. Complete the addendum.
2. Print a copy of the addendum and attach it to your publishing agreement.
3. Note in a cover letter to your publisher that you have included an addendum to the agreement.
4. Mail the addendum with your publishing agreement and a cover letter to your publisher.


Bridging the access gap


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Open access copies of research publications are enabling UK researchers to access the material they want.

About half of the 3,498 respondents to a major survey of UK academics strongly agreed that they “often would like to use journal articles that are not in [their] library’s print or digital collections” (Housewright et al., p.38).

When faced with this situation, 90% of the respondents said that they look for a freely available version online (Housewright et al., p.39).

University of Bath researchers: make sure that 90% can access your work by putting a copy in Opus!

Read more in the JISC press release: UK wide survey of academics spotlights researchers’ reliance on open access

Housewright, R., Schonfeld, R.C., & Wulfson, K. 2013. Ithaka S+R | Jisc | RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012. Available from:


Extending open access to scholarly books


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Wellcome Trust have a well established policy requiring research papers written by their grant holder to be open access.  They are now extending this requirement to research published in scholarly monographs and book chapters as well.  See the Wellcome Trust press release for full details.

HEFCE's consultation on open access requirements for the REF post-2014 invited comment on whether it would be appropriate to expect monograph content submitted to the REF to be open access.  We're still waiting for the results of that consultation.  Meanwhile, I'm eager to see how the Wellcome Trust requirement fairs: How easily will it be for grant holders to comply?  Will it encourage more open access options for researchers?


Routes to Open Access - flowcharts

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There are now a few varients on the original decision tree flowchard from the Publishers Association that was included in the recent RCUK Policy on Open Access and Supporting Guidance. This chart has been criticised for directing researchers towards the Gold route to open access.

  • The University of Oxford have released a 'Researcher Decision Tree - 'Green' or 'Gold'. This flowchart gives equal weight to Green or Gold routes to open access.
  • The University of Manchester has a similar webpage to inform researchers making decisions on where and how to publish. The 'Show Me How' site is a simple step-through process.
  • If more decision trees become available, we will add them here to this post.

  • 15/05/2013: University of Edinburgh: Choosing Green or Gold Open Access flowchart

    Open access for humanities and social sciences

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    Today the University of Bath launches the Institute for Policy Research.  We hope the new Institute's research will be made open access.  There are a lot of new publishing models engaging with the discipline specific challenges of open access for humanities and social sciences.  Here are a few that have caught my eye recently:

    OAPEN - a quality controlled collection of open access academic books in humanites and social sciences.

    Open Library of Humanities (OLH) - an aspiring non-profit, peer reviewed open access mega journal for the humanities.

    Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory - two more up and coming peer reviewed open access mega journals notable for their low article processing charge (APC) of  £120 +VAT.



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    Come along to the University of Bath's Exchange! 2013: Sharing Ideas for Learning, Teaching & Research event tomorrow, Thurs 9th May, for a chance to discuss open access - where are we now and what does it mean for you?  See for full program and to book your place.