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Your Open Access: In order to …

Open Access Week 2017 has been busy, everywhere.   This year's theme "Your Open Access: In order to …" has been about going beyond enabling OA and the team has continued engaging with many active researchers, learning how they're shaping OA and how it in turn influences their work and practice.

I learned that ORCiDs uniquely identify researchers across their careers, ensure they gain credit for their research and help manage permissions to populate ORCiD and other databases with their publications metadata. Even better, they can also make it easier to populate grant applications! It’s rapidly developing into an important part of the research information infrastructure internationally.

And it’s not only researchers who do Open Access. The Library launched its new statistics and infographic describing items and their usage from the St Andrews Research Repository. This is a good example of data that was previously used in limited situations to drive an open informat…

'Untangling Academic Publishing' - OA Week event summary

On Tuesday evening The University of St Andrews Library hosted an event titled ‘Untangling Academic Publishing: Launch and Discussion about the past and future of academic publishing’. The event took the form of a panel discussion preceded by a brief overview of the history of academic publishing delivered by Professor Aileen Fyfe of the School of History. This historical lecture was a summary of a recent report co-authored by Aileen called 'Untangling Academic Publishing', in which she and her co-authors shed a critical light on today’s academic publishing landscape. The report concludes with some recommendations for ways forward that could disentangle academia from a publishing system that has become increasingly unsustainable. Below is a summary of Professor Fyfe's lecture and the Q&A session that followed.

Following John MacColl’s introduction and welcome, Aileen began her talk with a quotation:
Maintaining the highest attainable standards in publishing scientific…

Your Open Access - discovery

It might be Open, but can you find it?

The theme of this year’s Open Access Week ‘Open in order to…’ aims to recognise the concrete benefits of open access, encouraging examples of how openness can increase visibility of research and enable the widest possible audience to benefit from scholarship. Events are being held around the world, and we plan to share some user stories in our next post.

We have already posted about the usage of content from the St Andrews Research Repository. In this post we consider how open access publications can be found and take a brief look at some tools available to aid discovery.

Repository visibility Repositories are designed to ensure their content can be found by search engines, indexed in services such as Google Scholar and harvested by platforms such as CORE, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), OAISTER  and OpenAIRE. Good quality metadata and shared standards make these platforms powerful discovery options.

Try searching these platforms:

Your Open Access - statistics and usage

It's Open Access Week again, and this year the theme is 'Open in order to...' This year's theme is designed to shift discussion away from wider issues of 'openness', and instead direct attention to the tangible benefits of open access. This week we will be publishing a series of posts aimed at  highlighting some of these benefits. In this post we will look at some of the statistics we gather about the open access content in our Repository, and specifically the statistics that we've chosen to highlight in our new Infographic.
Given the theme of this year's Open Access Week, the subject of this post could be appropriately described as 'Open in order to boost downloads' For years we have been collecting usage statistics about the content held in our repository. Up until now this data has been collected and, for the most part, discussed internally; but not any more. Now we want to show the academic community here in St Andrews, whose work populates …

Have you got your ORCID iD yet?

You can find out more about ORCID iDs and how to sign-up at the University’s ORCID pages.
"ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized." ( ORCID recently overhauled its Help pages with lots of new guides and help articles around “What is ORCID?” and how to use ORICD iDs to build trust and save time. Read more about the update in Laura Wilkinson’s blog post.

It is also worthwhile to have a look at the short “Why ORCID?” video. Here, researchers from all over the world explain in just over 4 minutes how using their ORCID iD has helped them get the most out of their precious research time. Watch out for some familiar faces from St Andrews!
Why ORCID? (English with English captions) from ORCID on Vimeo.


BMC Ecology image competition 2017 winners announced

Recently (well not that recently actually!) BioMed Central Ecology announced the winners of the 2017 image competition. This year 32 images made the cut to be mentioned in the editorial piece here - Of this number there were 7 runners up, and just one image named 'overall winner'.

'The history of scientific publishing' - an interview with Aileen Fyfe

As a primer to this month's event, detailed here is a recent blog post, we thought it would be a good idea to share an interview with Aileen Fyfe originally posted on the PLOS BLOGS Network in April 2016. In the interview Aileen Fyfe offers an in depth explanation of her research into the history of academic publishing, peer-review, and editorial processes, by examining how these phenomena first emerged over 350 years ago in the world's oldest journal - Philosophical Transactions.

Copyright Jen Laloup. Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Originally published here:

Untangling Academic Publishing: Scottish launch for OA Week

St Andrews University Library is delighted to host the Scottish Launch of Untangling Academic Publishing during Open Access Week - the event is open to all, discussion encouraged!

>Please contact if you wish to attend.

Untangling Academic Publishing: Launch and Discussion about the past and future of academic publishingA University Library event for Open Access Week

Tuesday 24 October, 16.00-18.30 - Arts Lecture Theatre (No.31 on the map)

Presentation: Professor Aileen Fyfe, School of History, lead author of the briefing paper ‘Untangling Academic Publishing’, will explain some of the biggest changes in academic publishing over the last 60 years.

Panel Discussion: the talk will be followed by a discussion of possible futures.
Professor Fyfe will be in conversation with Professor Stephen Curry,  Imperial College London and Professor Martin Kretschmer, University of Glasgow.

Presentation and panel discussion will be followed by a wine reception.


We now have over 50,000 research outputs in Pure!

In this post we look behind the scenes into how we capture publications in order to achieve Open Access...

Yes, the pudding is correct, we now have over 50,000 publications records in Pure!

At the University of St Andrews we use Pure as our Current Research Information System (CRIS). Pure has been our CRIS since 2010, replacing an in-house system. Since its first installation Pure has undergone many iterations, improvements, and even changed ownership! It has many functions, including capturing publications, impacts, datasets, activities, as well as providing reporting functions, such as for funders' open access policies and the Research Excellence Framework. It also integrates with other university systems, such as the HR database, meaning that it provides up to the minute evidence of the research activities of current staff, while also maintaining an historic record for previous staff as well. Pure feeds the St Andrews Research Portal,, whi…