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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. Source: Rudy, 2019, p.82 Image, Knife, and Gluepot traces the story of the capture and virtual reconstruction of a Netherlandish book of hours or prayer…

2 August 2019Open access

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…

25 July 2019Policies Responsible metrics

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…

16 July 2019Publishers

InstantILL now installed at IUPUI

InstantILL, from Open Access Button, is a free tool to make inter library loans quicker cheaper and more straightforward. It was originally announced in March, and since then over 250 libraries have joined the waiting list to try it out. “InstantILL is a next-generation interlibrary loan form that integrates with and complements systems that you…

12 July 2019

Health Information Week: Innovations for preventing illness

In this final post in our series for Health Information Week, we are highlighting a report [1] that looks into the effects of using text message interventions to reduce binge drinking. The report is co-authored by Gerry Humphris from the School of Medicine. Binge drinking, the report explains, is more prevalent amongst disadvantaged groups, and…

5 July 2019

Long term conditions; and social prescribing

For our penultimate post in Health Information Week we’ve discovered an older fully Open Access article from 2014 by Frank Sullivan commemorating a pioneer of the Scottish Health Informatics Programme, Dr John Bryden [1]. The article not only memorialises his work but provides a fascinating history of the development of the innovative Community Health Index…

4 July 2019

Health Information Week: Health and digital literacy

Continuing this week’s series of posts highlighting Open Access research we’ve discovered some reported novel findings [1]. embarassingproblems.com helps users resolve ailments most of us would rather not talk about, e.g. hiccups. It’s like an anonymous version of Embarrasing Bodies. The site has a feature that collects feedback from users on whether they’ve successfully tackled…

3 July 2019

Health Information Week: Healthy Lifestyles

It’s Health Information Week, a multi-sector national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality health information to support healthy living and managing illness. Open Access advocates have long maintained that free access to academic literature has real societal benefits, and this is perhaps best evidenced by the way in which open access to…

1 July 2019

Happy World Oceans Day 2019!

Saturday the 8th of June is World Oceans Day. With the health of the world’s oceans in sharper focus than ever this year, WOD2019 looks to be the biggest yet, with hundreds of events happening in every corner of the world. The WOD website lists over 100 events in the UK alone, including beach cleaning,…

7 June 2019Open access

Plan S revised guidelines released

Following an extensive consultation exercise, the group of funders known as cOAlition S has released revised implementation guidelines for Plan S. Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was unveiled in September 2018, and is committed to “making full and immediate Open Access a reality”. The revised Plan S guidelines retain the…

3 June 2019Open access