St Andrews reasearch repository has grown significantly in the last year, with the number of items it contains increasing by 60% since 2009.
175 theses and 116 research publications were added in 2010, to bring the total content to 783.
Research publications have more than doubled since the University's Research Information System (Pure) was launched in June 2010. 100 journal articles and 16 other items were submitted, bringing the total to 194. Virtually all research publications are available in full text.
In the last year there were over 31,000 visits to Research@StAndrews:FullText from 157 countries.
Pushing the boundaries for Open Access while maintaining good relationships with publishers can be a tricky balancing act.
Organisations are constantly negotiating on a global scale to ensure a 'balance of rights' between stakeholders concerned with scholarly communication - the Statement of Principle published by the Research Information Network is a good example of this, describing how to take advantage of new technologies to move practice forward while recognising publishers' concerns.
The Copyright Toolbox produced by JISC and the SURF Foundation states that rights "need to be managed in a way that respects the interests of both author and publisher", in keeping with the Zwolle Principles…
The Wellcome Trust has announced the formation of the UK Open Access Implementation Group to " coordinate evidence, policies, systems, advice and guidance, to make open access an easy choice for authors and one that benefits all universities."
The high level group is chaired by Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor at the University of Salford who spoke at the recent Future of Research conference, and includes senior members of RLUK, the UK Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust. They aim to drive debate and maximise the impact of UK research.
We have just completed our return to Wellcome detailing how our Open Access award was spent last year, and we have been notified of continued funding to support our researchers pay Open Access publishing costs.
The library has also introduced new procedures to manage this fund, and details have been circulated to Wellcome Trust grant recipients. You can find out more on our web pages.
The University of Salford’s VC, Martin Hall, gave an excellent presentation at the Future of Research conference in which he suggested that the university of the future might be built around the repository. Video of the session is available under Strand Two Plenary: Efficiency and Effectiveness.Appropriately, the slides are already available in the University's digital repository.
Neat animated map has been created by the ROAR/Eprints team at Southampton; the Overview of Open Access showcases repositories around the world. (NB. works best in firefox)
"This handbook addresses scholarly communication concerns and provides actions that individuals can take to help make positive changes. These actions are targeted for use by key stakeholders, such as researchers, librarians, research mangers, and senior managers, and can also be used by advocates to recommend actions to those they are lobbying."
With helpful navigation and full of useful, practical suggestions this guide is well worth a look. You might want to start with the hot topics section.
We gave away free cakes in the library this afternoon to encourage people to come up and ask about Open Access.
Students were pleased to hear about how they can easily view electronic theses or see what our researchers are publishing in our repository. They were also interested to find out about funding models for Open Access journals, as well as all the material they can access without depending on subscriptions or interlibrary loans.
JISC explores a hot topic in the area of Open Access each day this week. Visit their Open Access Week site to find out about policies, funding, exploring the benefits of Open Access and copyright issues.
They note the benefits for authors: "Rather than their paper being seen by readers at the few hundred institutions lucky enough to have a subscription to the journal, the paper can now be seen by all interested readers. This increases the dissemination and impact of the papers and so raises the profile of the authors and their institutions."
Open Access Week is a global event, now in its 4th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. It is organised by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition who advocate "new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research".
A new Research Information System (RIS) using PURE software is currently being implemented at the University of St Andrews. The new PURE system brings together related content to build up an overview of St Andrews research activity including information about projects, events and publications.
The full text of research outputs can be added to Pure and where possible will be passed to Research@StAndrews:FullText, our open access digital repository.