Open Access at Bath

We support open access publication at the University of Bath

Topic: Library

Bridging the access gap


📥  Library, Open Access

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:


Seminar with guest speaker from eLife journal

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📥  Library, Open Access

We have a guest speaker from the new journal 'eLife' joining us on Wednesday (1:15pm), organised via the Pharmacy & Pharmacology seminar series. The session will be of interest to all researchers - postgrads, postdocs and academic staff.
A brief outline of the session is provided below:

This years penulitmate Departmental seminar has been arranged in conjunction with the library staff to discuss a new model of open access publishing.

Kara Jones from the UoB library will briefly introduce some new developments at the University of Bath in relation to open access publishing - see attached - in light of the RCUK new guidelines that all RCUK funded research must be published in an open access manner - and the potential development that all REF output beyond REF2014 will need to be freely accessible

The seminar will be delivered by Mark Patterson, Executive Director of eLife

"eLife - designing a digital research journal fit for purpose"

The seminar will be followed by coffee and biscuits and an opportunity for people to interact with the seminar speaker and library staff answering any questions regarding the evolving face of open access publishing.

In June 2011, three of the world’s leading research funding agencies -the Wellcome Trust, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Max Planck Society - announced plans to launch a top-tier, open-access research journal covering the life and biomedical sciences. eLife was launched in December 2012. Mark Patterson started his career as a researcher in genetics before moving into scientific publishing in 1994 as the Editor of Trends in Genetics. After a few years at Nature, where
he was involved in the launch of the Nature Reviews Journals, he moved to PLOS in 2003. As the Director of Publishing, Mark helped to launch several of the PLOS Journals and was one of the founders of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Mark is also a member of the UK Open Access Implementation Group. In November 2011, Mark joined eLife and currently serves as the Executive Director.


OA causes journal cancellations

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📥  Library, Open Access, Publishers, Repositories, Uncategorized

No, it doesn't. Library budget cuts cause journal cancellations. Journal price increases cause journal cancellations. Changing user needs and usage cause journal cancellations.

However the myth of OA causing journal cancellations keeps coming up again. I saw it tweeted this morning.

Back in 2006 there was an ALPSP report on factors for librarians in determining journal cancellations. Last year, a report by the ALPSP and Publishers Associatiion claimed that a six month embargo would cause a significant increase in journal cancellations by libraries across disciplines. The Times Higher Ed picked this up, with the sensational headline 'Open access will bankrupt us, publishers’ report claims'.

Please read the Q&A post on Richard Poynder's blog with the ALPSP Chief Executive Audrey McCulloch.
Specifically note the point made that journal cancellations (as noted in the 2006 Ware report) by librarians would be made first and foremost on the basis of relevance, usage and price, in consultation with faculty.
At this point I wonder if actually, double dipping from Gold OA in subscription journals might actually bankrupt Libraries, the RCUK and Universities. That's probably another blog post.



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📥  Library, Open Access, Repositories

This blog contains the thoughts, findings and musings of the research repository team at the University of Bath. We are focused here on all things Open Access - from publications to payments to praise and pitfalls. We will give examples from our own experience, raise questions on topical issues and generally highlight resources that might explain open access.