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.
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:
Oh my. The New York Times has an opinion piece supporting the move towards Open Access for government funded research:
We Paid for the Research, So Let’s See It.
They even suggest a shorter embargo than 12 months.
HEFCE and the UK funding councils have issued a call for commentary on the role of OA publishing in the submission of outputs to the post-2014 REF. This appears to carry a good deal of support for repositories.
Interesting post by SPARC Europe on funder policies on Open Access from around the world. Note the lonely funder under 'Gold (journals) preferred where available'..
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.
In the wake of the Finch Report and the RCUK revised policy of OA publications, there's been, well, another revision.
Last year, the Research Councils UK announced a change to their policy on Open Access to research publications . Research publications supported by RCUK funds should be made publicly available as detailed in the policy document.
The RCUK has since softened its position on whether publications should be Gold or Green Open Access. They've now also softened their position on the embargo period required before an output is publicly available, as reported by the Nature News Blog and Times Higher Education
The first of April 2013 is when the RCUK policy changes come into effect, specifically the release of block grants for OA publishing. I do wonder if we'll see a softening also of the requirements on licencing - the CC-BY licence recommended by the RCUK has also come in for a lot of criticism.
Other newsworthy items:
Sage cuts OA costs for authors, as reported in the Times Higher Ed news.
The Guardian OA articles: A list of articles on OA from the Guardian.