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World Poetry Day: Marion Angus (1865-1946)

To mark World Poetry Day we're highlighting a PhD thesis in the University's Research Repository.   The thesis, by Aimée Y Chalmers, delves into the life and works of the Scottish novelist and poet Marion Angus (1865-1946).

Aimée introduces the first part of the thesis as a "fuller biographical account of the life of Marion Angus than is available elsewhere. In addition, in ‘The Work of Marion Angus’, I anthologise examples of her prose and poetry, and gather together a range of contemporary opinions. My research in this regard resulted in the tracing, for the first time, how her use of the Scots language developed, and how her attitude to it changed over time." Aimée Y Chalmers. http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1846. CCBY.

Aimée further remarks that:
“[t]here is something ephemeral about her poetry. A passionate lover of nature, she paints strong images of natural phenomena: hills, tumbling burns, twisted trees, flowers.
Yet these images fade quickly, leaving only a…
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16,000 items now in St Andrews Research Repository

Today the St Andrews Research Repository reached another Milestone - 16,000 items!

The 16,000th item was: 'Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther', by Muneerah Razak.

'Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther' was recently published in the student led journal The St Andrews Africa Summit Review (Otherwise called The SAASUM Review), which is published on the Library's Open Journals System platform. The journal publishes all articles with a CC BY Licence so all content is free to read, download, and share, so long as the author is given proper attribution. The Library also agrees to archive the journal in the Institutional Repository as a backup service, but also to further promote the journal via aggregators such as the CORE database and other indexing services.

The SAASUM Review began publishing on OJS in 2017 as an extension to the annual St Andrews Africa Summit, which had it's inaugural meeting in 2013. Since 2017 the journal has published 5 volumes, wit…

Fed up with publisher paywalls? Here are some tools that can help!

Publisher paywalls are an enduring phenomenon in scholarly publishing, and one that frustrates the research of the those without subscriptions and who cannot afford to pay the often unpalatable fees for access.

Luckily there are tools out there that can help. Rather than actually bypassing the paywall, the below services offer users an alternative product, often an earlier version held in a repository (like our own). These earlier versions are usually author accepted manuscripts that are near identical in their academic content to the final published version, but just lack branding, formatting, and final pagination.
The OA Button (available for most browsers) The Button's current incarnation allows users to find alternative open access versions at the touch of a button, and if there are no alternative versions available the Button will contact the author and request that they deposit the article in a repository. There are extensions for all the main Web browsers, and the Button is …

Library satisfaction survey - have your say

The University Library is currently running a survey to find our what you think about our services.

The survey should only take around 5 minutes to complete, and you could win a £200 Amazon gift card.

Questions are grouped under: enquiries, support and outreach; access to resources; spaces, and if you are a research postgraduate or academic staff you will get additional questions about research support.

Researchers - please tell us how satisfied you are with:
The support provided to help you achieve Open Access and comply with funders' policies for publicationsThe advice and guidance offered on copyright and licensing in relation to your publicationsThe support provided to help you manage your research dataThe support provided to develop research software and/or websites for research projectsThe support offered to help you create and edit your profile in PureThe training courses provided through CAPOD (Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development) on any of the…

Tickell still positive but admits much remains to be done

We previously posted in March 2016 about Adam Tickell's advice to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on Open Access to research (OA).  Following the end of the UK Research and Innovation 5-year transition period Professor Tickell, Independent Chair of the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, has now reported again to the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy with a refreshed evidence base .

Completed in  June 2018 but not released until February this year in many ways the report anticipates yet is superseded by the international effort of cOAlition S -  the Plan S initiative launched September 2018. UKRI is a leading member of the cOAlition S group of research funders.
Key finding Following the 5-year transition period that ended in April 2018 the hoped-for transformation of the scholarly publications landscape from reader pays to author pays hasn't happened.

Funding available for fully Open Access publishing

As we approach Semester 2 we thought it would be a good opportunity to remind St Andrews authors who choose fully Open Access (OA) journals of funds available to support their publishing.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) block grant If you're funded in whole or in part by any of the 7 UK Research Councils and your chosen journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (https://doaj.org/) you can access the block grant to pay the article processing charge (APC).

Wellcome Trust and the Charities Open Access Fund (COAF) COAF funds fully OA publication and, until January 2020, continues to support OA in subscription journals (hybrid publication).
COAF will only pay for Open Access and won't pay other publication charges.

Library Open Access Fund Since 2013 this fund has been made available to St Andrews authors who don't have any other source of funds and who choose fully OA journals. 

Provided the submitting or corresponding author is a member of staff, the journ…

14th Berlin Open Access Conference

Last month the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference was held, with the title ‘Aligning strategies to enable Open Access’. Over 170 participants from 37 countries and 5 continents attended the event, and delegates came from a range of organisations including universities, libraries, research funders, and government agencies. This diverse spectrum and the resulting consensus on the conference outcomes clearly shows the strength of the current drive for Open Access. The international appeal of the event is a clear sign too that the concerns around subscription pricing and the slow progress to open access are global and international.

“As it became clear from statements made by representatives from Japan, the United States, South Africa and others, that readiness to adopt this approach is now extending beyond Europe, where it originated, and is currently being adopted in several countries; in particular, this was emphasized in a bold statement from China, the nation with the largest share o…