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Our commitment to putting Open in action

Open Access Week 2016 (24-30 Oct) aims to advance open access on a global scale, all year round. We introduced the theme of this year's event in an earlier post.

OA Week

This year's theme of 'Open in Action' is all about taking concrete steps to open up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same. (Nick Shockey,
See a range of ideas for taking action at the Open in Action Portal including discovering Open Access journals in your discipline and starting conversations about Open Access.

The St Andrews Open Access team is making a commitment to enabling conversations about Open Access. During October we have already had many conversations, thanks to the School of Management inviting us to the Gateway for Open Access drop-in sessions. We took a practical approach, looking at individual ressearch profiles in our research information system (Pure). One-to-ones allowed staff to put their own questions to the OA experts and check they felt ready to respond to OA policies and gain the benefits of OA.

We are holding 3 more drop-in sessions during Open Access Week, open to all St Andrews researchers. Come and meet the team, and make sure you are ready!

Monday 24th Oct – 13:00 – 16:00 The Gateway (cafĂ© area)
Tuesday 25th Oct – 13:00 – 16:00 Martyrs Kirk (New Park Seminar Room)
Thursday 27th Oct – 09:00 – 12:00 Martyrs Kirk (New Park Seminar Room)

All members of staff are welcome to drop-in to find out how we can help with:
  • how to deposit publications in Pure
  • Open Access for REF eligibility
  • checking funders' OA policies
  • advising on publishers' OA options
  • any other queries about Open Access

We can also provide information about support for Research Data Management, regarding:
  • uploading data in Pure
  • sharing your data
  • funders' policies on research data


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