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St Andrews book series now on Open Book Publishers

The St Andrews Studies in French History is a book series published by The St Andrews Centre for French History and Culture. 

Since 2010 the Centre has published 9 monographs in the series. Currently these are distributed via a collection in the St Andrews Research Repository, where the PDF can be freely downloaded, and in later volumes under a CC BY-NC-ND Creative Commons licence too. All volumes are also listed on the publications page of the Centre's website. The books are all between 25-50,000 words long, a format known as a midigraph, and are all rigorously peer-reviewed. To date the volumes have attracted over 10,000 downloads from the St Andrews Research Repository

Now the Centre has partnered with Open Book Publishers who have agreed to publish the series. As the name suggests OBP is a scholarly publisher specialising in open access books. What sets them apart from other publishers however is the flexible and transparent approach to book funding:

"Authors are encourag…
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We now have over 17,000 items in the repository!

The St Andrews Research Repository has now passed 17,000 items! Of this number there are over 5200 theses, and almost 10,000 journal articles.

The Repository contains research publications by St Andrews researchers, as well as material and publications affiliated to the University and arising from specific projects. Content includes electronic theses, journal articles, conference proceedings, working papers, books, and more.


The 17,000th item was 'Impacts of ocean acidification on intertidal benthic foraminiferal growth and calcification', authored by researchers in the School of Geography & Sustainable Development.

The article was published in a fully open access journal, so it can be accessed on the Repository, and via the publisher's site.

New Divinity journal launched

This week we launched a new journal on our Journal Hosting Service - Bible and the Contemporary World.


The new journal has been developed by Daniel Rentfro Jr., honorary research assistant at St Mary's college. Daniel is Managing Editor with Eric Stoddart (lecturer in the School of Divinity) taking the role of Editor-in-Chief.  Daniel's initial idea for the journal was to create a venue for publishing articles based on the high quality dissertations from the Masters course of the same name, and has since developed a wider scope, to incorporate review essays, book reviews, and other content as well. Daniel had this to say of his experience starting a new journal on our journal hosting platform:

The MLitt graduates put literally hundreds of hours of work into their dissertations. With the help of Kyle, Jackie Proven, and their colleagues in the Open Access Team, the graduates can now move that work product off of their bookshelves collecting dust and share it with the world. As …

Open Book Publishers 150 list - Annunciations

Last week we blogged Open Book Publishers 150th title.

Also included in the list of 150 is George Corbett's recently published edited volume Annunciations: sacred music for the twenty-first century[1].

Dedicated To the Cathedral Choir of St Albans Abbey, the project draws together contributions from theologians and musicians to show how music and belief can combine to enhance the practice and experience of both music and the divine. It was supported by the noted Scottish classical composer and conductor James MacMillan and the University Organist, Tom Wilkinson.

George said "We were delighted to publish our research open access with Open Book Publishers. In this volume, you can read about innovative collaborations between theologians and composers, as well as read the musical scores and listen to the new music at the click of a button. There are also reflections by leading composers, choir directors, and scholars on the future of sacred music in the twenty-first century.&quo…

Open Book Publishers celebrates title 150

Open Book Publishers recently announced its 150th title - by Kathyrn Rudy in the School of Art History.  Back in 2016 we blogged Kathryn's previous book, also published by OBP.




Image, Knife, and Gluepot traces the story of the capture and virtual reconstruction of a Netherlandish book of hours or prayer book made in 1500 from data and images assembled from digitised collections across the world.

Kathryn not only describes her methodology and shows how these creative works were assembled, but helps the reader understand the human story of the research process - her experiences good and bad, and the financial and other constraints that academics work within constantly that profoundly shape their research.

Having to pay for new photography is the surcharge on doing original research on previously unstudied objects. (Rudy, 2019 p.159)

Publication was financially supported by the Library Open Access Fund. And the School of Art History contributed to publication costs in exchange f…

Responsible use of research metrics

The University of St Andrews is currently running a consultation with Schools on a set of principles for the responsible use of research metrics, including whether the University should sign up to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). These 'draft principles for the use of indicators in research assessment and management' were developed in response to growing international concerns amongst funders, governments and institutions on the way research indicators (or metrics) are interpreted and used, with their potential for unintended consequences.

A recent Open Access paper examining the validity of citation-based measures, which analysed >120 million papers, concludes:
"Our study’s extensive analysis of academic publications reveals why using citation-based metrics as measures of impact is wrong at the core..." 
"Researchers do valuable work. Communicating the work to others is vital, and correctly assessing the impact of that work is ess…

Springer OA agreement extended to 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Springer Compact open access deal will continue until 2021.

Under the scheme corresponding authors at participating institutions publishing in a journal with the 'Open Choice' option will be offered open access at no additional cost. The deal also includes ongoing access to Springer’s subscription content.

The deal has been hugely successful so far in increasing the proportion on UK research articles that are Open Access, as well as serving as a benchmark for other publishers to follow. Since 2016 over 150 University of St Andrews articles have been published open access under the deal, benefiting authors from humanities, social sciences, and hard sciences.

We have also made a slight change to the ordering process so now open access is selected automatically, meaning the process is even more streamlined, and with less risk of accidental opt-outs.

Benefits to researchers include: Increased visibility Increased potential for citations In…