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Your Open Access: January update

We have just published the January repository statistics update. Since the last update, published in October, the repository content has continued to grow, and we now have over 11,000 items. The downloads have remained strong too, very nearly reaching 1 million downloads!

As with the last update we have highlighted the main top level download statistics, derived from IRUS-UK - a JISC sponsored service providing reliable download statistics from UK repositories. We also include figures for the repository content, which is important for providing a context for the download figures (this point is discussed in a recent blog post).

There is also now a collection in the repository where the statistics updates will be archived.

If you have any feedback on these updates or you would like to know more, please do get in touch.
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The transition to Open Access: how's it going?

A report has been published recently detailing statistics on the transition to Open Access. The report, which can be downloaded here, was published by Universities UK, a body representing the interests of UK universities through advocacy and engagement, as well as conducting research and analysis. This latest report details their findings on the current state of open access publishing with a specific focus on the level of progress made to 'flipping' to Open Access. Flipping is seen by some to be the ultimate goal of Open Access, and this viewpoint is neatly expressed in a recent presentation by Danny Kingsley at University of Cambridge, https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.16788. But this is not the only possible scenario open access could ultimately take, two possible options are described here for instance, equivalent to the split between all Green or all Gold. 
An important point to note is that the figures that follow do have a number of caveats, one important one being that due…

Repository reaches 11000 items in record time

Five months since we announced the 10,000th item in the St Andrews Research Repository the team is amazed to already be reporting the 11,000th milestone has been reached, just in time for Christmas.

The item is a thesis - John Buchan (1875-1940): a reassessment of his Christian faith and practice by Rev. David Weekes http://hdl.handle.net/10023/12259. David's thesis joins many other types of research in our Open Access repository including journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and even whole books.



As always, this is a big team effort involving researchers and staff from across the university in Schools and Units. Without their help, we wouldn't be able to do it so a big thanks to all and Happy Christmas!

FP7 Post Grant Open Access Pilot

There are only three months left to claim funding for Open Access via the European Commission's Post Grant Pilot scheme.

A total of €4 million have been allocated to the Pilot, designed to support open access publishing for EU FP7 projects that have finished no longer than 2 years ago. FP7 stands for Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, and this was the EU's main research funding scheme. Between 2007 - 2013 over €50 billion was invested in research projects via the scheme.  FP7 was eventually replaced with Horizon 2020 in 2014, which saw the budget increase to over €80 billion. The EC have stated that the Pilot will run until the funds are exhausted, but it also has a deadline which was recently extended to 28th February 2018. Access to the scheme is dependent on meeting certain criteria, all of which are outlined here https://www.openaire.eu/technical-requirements. Generally however, if your EU FP7 grant ended in the last 2 years, and you&#…

REF2021 decisions continue drive for open access

Following a process of consultation. the four UK funding bodies have published their decisions on several areas of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). The document provides guidance on staff, outputs, UoA structure and impact, and has taken account of responses from the HE sector.

In the area of Open Access for publications, evidence from a recent survey shows that significant progress has been made towards the REF OA policy intent to increase substantially the proportion of research that is made available open access in the UK.

Over 80 per cent of outputs in scope of the REF policy met the open access requirements in the first year (to April 2017), or an exception applied. 

To build on this progress, the funding councils have confirmed that the REF OA Policy will "require outputs to be deposited as soon after the point of acceptance as possible, and no later than three months after this date"*. This underpins the message most institutions have continued to use to en…

Your Open Access: In order to …

Open Access Week 2017 has been busy, everywhere.   This year's theme "Your Open Access: In order to …" has been about going beyond enabling OA and the team has continued engaging with many active researchers, learning how they're shaping OA and how it in turn influences their work and practice.

I learned that ORCiDs uniquely identify researchers across their careers, ensure they gain credit for their research and help manage permissions to populate ORCiD and other databases with their publications metadata. Even better, they can also make it easier to populate grant applications! It’s rapidly developing into an important part of the research information infrastructure internationally.

And it’s not only researchers who do Open Access. The Library launched its new statistics and infographic describing items and their usage from the St Andrews Research Repository. This is a good example of data that was previously used in limited situations to drive an open informat…

'Untangling Academic Publishing' - OA Week event summary

On Tuesday evening The University of St Andrews Library hosted an event titled ‘Untangling Academic Publishing: Launch and Discussion about the past and future of academic publishing’. The event took the form of a panel discussion preceded by a brief overview of the history of academic publishing delivered by Professor Aileen Fyfe of the School of History. This historical lecture was a summary of a recent report co-authored by Aileen called 'Untangling Academic Publishing', in which she and her co-authors shed a critical light on today’s academic publishing landscape. The report concludes with some recommendations for ways forward that could disentangle academia from a publishing system that has become increasingly unsustainable. Below is a summary of Professor Fyfe's lecture and the Q&A session that followed.


Following John MacColl’s introduction and welcome, Aileen began her talk with a quotation:
Maintaining the highest attainable standards in publishing scientific…