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3000 items and the open access cake

In what is becoming a regular summer event, this week we celebrated another landmark for our open access repository with the 3000th item made available in Research@StAndrews:FullText



Akira O’Connor deposited a version of his paper in our Research Information System, Pure, in order to make it open access. The publisher of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT Press, allows authors to archive the final version of their article after a short embargo.
“In the JoCN paper, we report an experiment in which we scanned people's brains as they were completing a memory task. Using these fMRI scans, we were able to show that the left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (a region of the brain's surface near your left temple) is actually involved in processing the meaning of words, rather than directly involved in memory retrieval as was previously thought.”
Dr O’Connor already has a number of open access papers in Research@StAndrews:FullText: in most cases these are his accepted manuscripts, the version most commonly allowed by publishers. His latest paper is currently submitted to an open access journal, Frontiers in Psychology. When told about our latest landmark, he contacted us to say:
“That the library has put so much effort into making our work accessible to all is something I'm very proud of. The OA fund and Research@StAndrews:FullText provide a range of options for St Andrews researchers to publish their work in the most suitable journal whilst also acknowledging that the way scholarly output is disseminated is changing. It's a comprehensive approach to open access and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.”
UPDATE: More on open access from Akira O'Connor's blog

The ‘3000’ spot was narrowly missed by an open access article in PLoS ONE, which has been added to our repository under a Creative Commons Licence. The lead author of this paper, PhD student Joana Carvalho, is supervised by co-author Dr Tiago Marques, who also has a number of research outputs in the repository and has previously featured in our blog. This new article describes a study of the population status of the western chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes verus, which has been classified as an Endangered species.

Other recent open access items contributed to the repository include Phd theses:
How terrorism ends : understanding the outcomes of violent political contestation by Sarah V Marsden
The victims of a sorted life : ageing and caregiving in an American retirement community by Philip Y Kao
and journal articles:
Policy change and learning in the RBC model by Kaushik Mitra, George W Evans and Seppo Honkapohja
4273π : bioinformatics education on low cost ARM hardware by Daniel Barker et al.

We will be organising a ‘champagne moment’ soon with our winning author by way of celebration. In the meantime Library staff took a few minutes out to share some open access cake. Not only has our content grown since 2010 - so has our cake!

Open access cake 2010

Open access cake 2013
University Librarian John MacColl

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