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Balancing rights

Pushing the boundaries for Open Access while maintaining good relationships with publishers can be a tricky balancing act. Organisations are constantly negotiating on a global scale to ensure a ‘balance of rights’ between stakeholders concerned with scholarly communication – the Statement of Principle published by the Research Information Network is a good example of this,…

23 November 2010News

UK alliance backs Open Access

The Wellcome Trust has announced the formation of the UK Open Access Implementation Group to ” coordinate evidence, policies, systems, advice and guidance, to make open access an easy choice for authors and one that benefits all universities.” The high level group is chaired by Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor at the University of Salford who…

10 November 2010News

Practical steps for implementing Open Access

Anyone interested in finding out what they can do in a practical way to achieve Open Access to research outputs will find the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook a valuable tool. The site provides relevant and current information for researchers, funders, publishers, librarians, students, policy-makers… in fact anyone who has an interest in the possibilities…

5 November 2010News

Wellcome Trust Open Access funding

We have just completed our return to Wellcome detailing how our Open Access award was spent last year, and we have been notified of continued funding to support our researchers pay Open Access publishing costs. The library has also introduced new procedures to manage this fund, and details have been circulated to Wellcome Trust grant…

2 November 2010News

Roundup of Open Access Week

As Open Access Week 2010 draws to a close, here is a quick summary of some activities that sought to increase awareness of Open Access: The Repository Support Project highlights promotional activities in UK institutions The University of Salford’s VC, Martin Hall, gave an excellent presentation at the Future of Research conference in which he…

22 October 2010News

Toolkit addresses researchers concerns

In the midst of Open Access Week the JISC Scholarly Communication Action Handbook has been released: “This handbook addresses scholarly communication concerns and provides actions that individuals can take to help make positive changes. These actions are targeted for use by key stakeholders, such as researchers, librarians, research mangers, and senior managers, and can also…

21 October 2010News

Open Access (free) cakes

We gave away free cakes in the library this afternoon to encourage people to come up and ask about Open Access. Students were pleased to hear about how they can easily view electronic theses or see what our researchers are publishing in our repository. They were also interested to find out about funding models for…

18 October 2010News

JISC Open Access site

JISC explores a hot topic in the area of Open Access each day this week. Visit their Open Access Week site to find out about policies, funding, exploring the benefits of Open Access and copyright issues.

18 October 2010News

Celebrating Open Access Week

18-24 Oct 2010 – expanding awareness of Open Access. To start the week off we have created a display area in the main library with loads of information about Research@StAndrews:FullText and how to benefit from Open Access. Our new web pages are also live, with information on ‘self-archiving’ and Open Access publishing, complying with Wellcome…

18 October 2010News

A New Model for Scholarly Communications

SPARC Europe provides a very short guide to Open Access, and how to achieve it, called An introduction to the new model for scholarly communication. They note the benefits for authors: “Rather than their paper being seen by readers at the few hundred institutions lucky enough to have a subscription to the journal, the paper…

8 October 2010News