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Why Open Access Really Matters

Wondering why your funder has an open access policy? Trying to decide if that hybrid open access journal is for you? Come and hear the expert view on open access:

Why Open Access Really Matters: A Discussion with Professor Stuart Shieber.’ Old Library (School of Psychology), University of St Andrews,
Thursday 5 June, 9.30-10.30 am

Stuart M Shieber is Professor of Computer Science at Harvard and Faculty Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication.

Open Access to research outputs is a way of scholarly publishing which began as a philosophical and moral choice for academic authors, but has become – at least in the UK – an increasingly stringent requirement of research funding by Research Councils, funders like the Wellcome Trust, and now the Funding Councils as they look ahead to the next REF.

Stuart Shieber is Professor of Computer Science at Harvard and Faculty Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication. He is an academic author who has been involved with t…

Palgrave Macmillan announce launch of new open access journal

Following quickly on from the last blog post regarding the launch of Royal Society Open Science we are delighted to announce the launch of another high quality open access journal but this time serving the humanities, social sciences and business.

Palgrave Macmillan (sister company to Nature Publishing Group) has just announced the launch ofPalgrave Communications, a high quality open access online-only, multidisciplinary journal which will publish original research in all HSS related disciplines. The journal offers immediate, free online dissemination via a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license, and is committed to speedy acceptance and review of high quality original research.

Palgrave Communications will offer features such asAltmetrics, enhanced layout and navigation and will include the incorporation of figures, tables, video, multimedia and supplementary information. There will also be no restriction on word limits so all articles that conform to the required editorial sta…

Royal Society call for submissions for new open access journal

TheRoyal Societywill launch its second fully open access journalRoyal Society Open Sciencein September of this year and is now calling forsubmissions. The journal is comprehensive in its scope covering life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science. The journal also aims to publish work without the length and scope restrictions observed by more traditional journals.

What is of particular interest is that the publishing model aims to offer open peer review as an option, will offer open access to data, implement article level metrics and offer researchers the opportunity to add post-publication comments.
Papers are made open access on publication on the Royal Society Open Science website and are deposited in PubMed Central on behalf of the author. Authors also retain copyright of their work and papers are made freely available under aCreative Commons Attribution License(CC BY 4.0). The journal is therefore fully compliant with funder open access mandates.

The future of books: what do researchers want?

Please help a major research project to understand how you use books.   

OAPEN-UK, an AHRC and Jisc-funded project on open access monographs, is currently running a survey to understand how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books, and especially monographs.

The survey design has been informed by a range of funders including HEFCE and Jisc, and the findings will help build an evidence base for future policies to support monograph publishing in the UK.  

No identifiable data will be made public or shared beyond the OAPEN-UK project team. All respondents to the survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £100 of Amazon vouchers.

I hope you’ll spare 10-15 minutes to participate, and to help the researchers understand what you want as both authors and readers of books.

The survey can be found here: (closes 6 June 2014)

If you have any questions, please contact the survey researcher, Ellen Collins, on ellen.collins@researchinfonet.…

St Andrews thesis ranks highly in EThOS downloads chart

We are delighted to report that a PhD thesis written at St Andrews over 30 years ago has been the secondmost downloaded thesis from EThOS in March 2014.
‘The Gospel of Thomas and the earliest texts of the synoptic gospels’ by Kenneth V. Neller, who sadly passed away in January last year, has been downloaded 18 times this March. Owing to the kindness of Dr Neller’s widow, who gave permission in his name for the thesis to be uploaded as an Open Access thesis to our institutional repository, Research@StAndrews:FullText, we were able to make it available to researchers and students from all over the world.
Dr Neller’s thesis has been downloaded from EThOS by post-graduates, researchers, and teachers from Finland, Brazil, the US, the UK, and Australia.
Following a request made via EThOS by a post-graduate student from Australia, we uploaded Dr Neller’s thesis to our institutional repository last week. Since the upload, ‘The Gospel of Thomas and the earliest texts of the synoptic gospels’ has …

Workshop on Open Access for St Andrews staff

Do you want a better understanding of what open access means for you? Do you need to know how to comply with your funders' requirements for open access? Would you like an understanding of how using PURE relates to open access publications?

Why not sign up for our course for St Andrews staff:

Open access: publishing options, funder policies, support services and moreDate: Wed 14 May 2014
Time: 1400-1630
Programme: Academic Staff Development Programme
See more details and sign up on PDMS