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:
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
See the Getty Open Content Program for thousands more beautful images - all freely available for you to use as you wish!
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.
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.
HOW TO USE THE SPARC AUTHOR ADDENDUM
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.
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: http://repository.jisc.ac.uk/5209/1/UK_Survey_of_Academics_2012_FINAL.pdf
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?
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
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.
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 http://go.bath.ac.uk/exchange for full program and to book your place.
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.
ABOUT MARK PATTERSON:
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.