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St Andrews 7th in the world for Open Access

For the first time this year the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019, which offers insights into scientific performance of nearly 1000 major universities worldwide, has included open access indicators. St Andrews achieved 81.6% open access for the set of publications measured in 2014-2017, which ranks us 7th in the world, top in Scotland and 4th in…

24 May 2019Open access


A Scottish Open Access Press – Survey

More than ever before academics are expected to publish their research results Open Access. The UK funding councils under the UKRI umbrella have had an open access policy since 2013 (see related blog post for the latest update on this). The 4 national UK funding bodies too have advocated for greater open access, most notably…

7 May 2019

The Great Science Publishing Scandal

For centuries academic journals have been the custodians of scientific knowledge. But in the past few decades this has become increasingly contentious, as publishers continue to boast high profit margins, and their customers, largely academic libraries, continue to face squeezed budgets. Some libraries have cancelled subscriptions, some countries have been in deadlocked negotiations with publishers…

3 May 2019Open access Publishers

UKRI Open Access Review

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) recently released a statement giving more details about the upcoming Open Access review. UKRI encompasses the 7 research funding councils formerly under the RCUK umbrella, as well as Research England and Innovate UK. The statement confirmed that UKRI will retain it’s commitment for open access going forward, stating that: “sharing…

2 May 2019Policies

Charlie Chaplin and Pixar’s WALL-E

It’s Charlie Chaplin’s birthday! So we are highlighting an article in our institutional repository that focuses on the slapstick comedy tradition of the silent era and specifically how the themes of Fordism and industrialisation are also reflected in the 2008 Pixar film WALL-E. Charlie Chaplin. Publicity photo from Modern Times. Public Domain. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chaplin_-_Modern_Times.jpg In the…

16 April 2019Open access

Europe PMC Plus is getting an upgrade

In a recent blog post Europe PMC announced that their Europe PMC Plus system will soon be getting an upgrade. PMC Plus is the interface used by Principal Investigators to upload manuscripts to the Europe PMC repository. After the upgrade the system promises to be much simpler, with just three things needed to complete a…

2 April 2019

Screening of Paywall – the business of scholarship

We are planning a screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, on April 25th 2019 in the Byre Theatre, followed by a panel session chaired by Katie Stevenson. The movie is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, and questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year…

1 April 2019Open access

World Poetry Day: Marion Angus (1865-1946)

To mark World Poetry Day we’re highlighting a PhD thesis in the University’s Research Repository.   The thesis, by Aimée Y Chalmers, delves into the life and works of the Scottish novelist and poet Marion Angus (1865-1946). Aimée introduces the first part of the thesis as a “fuller biographical account of the life of Marion Angus than…

21 March 2019Theses

16,000 items now in St Andrews Research Repository

Today the St Andrews Research Repository reached another Milestone – 16,000 items! The 16,000th item was: ‘Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther‘, by Muneerah Razak. ‘Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther’ was recently published in the student led journal The St Andrews Africa Summit Review (Otherwise called The SAASUM Review), which is published on the…

20 March 2019OJS