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Open Access and COVID-19

With St Andrews academics, support staff, and students now working off-campus, free and immediate access to scholarly literature online has never been more relevant to our community. Put simply, our homes have become proxies for labs, offices, classrooms, and of course the Library too. “COVID-19 highlights why all research articles should be published Open Access”…

26 March 2020News Open access

It’s National Bed Month!

It’s national bed month, and we’ve chosen to highlight an article focussing on 17th century ‘Louis XIII bed’, recently presented in the Louvre. Bos, A. (2019). Le lit provenant du château d’Effiat (Puy-de-Dôme) conservé au musée du Louvre. In Situ, 40. https://doi.org/10.4000/insitu.23212 The bed was originally from the Effiat chateau (built 1627) in the Puy-de-Dôme…

4 March 2020News Open access

The transition to Open Access: financial implications

In our last post we discussed the headline figures disclosed in a recent report by Universities UK on the transition to Open Access. The post paid particular attention to download figures for open access content which look particularly rosy! In this post we’d like to look at some of the cost implications of this, and…

1 February 2018News

The transition to Open Access: how’s it going?

A report has been published recently detailing statistics on the transition to Open Access. The report, which can be downloaded here, was published by Universities UK, a body representing the interests of UK universities through advocacy and engagement, as well as conducting research and analysis. This latest report details their findings on the current state…

4 January 2018News

FP7 Post Grant Open Access Pilot

There are only three months left to claim funding for Open Access via the European Commission’s Post Grant Pilot scheme. A total of €4 million have been allocated to the Pilot, designed to support open access publishing for EU FP7 projects that have finished no longer than 2 years ago. FP7 stands for Seventh Framework…

24 November 2017News

REF2021 decisions continue drive for open access

Following a process of consultation. the four UK funding bodies have published their decisions on several areas of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). The document provides guidance on staff, outputs, UoA structure and impact, and has taken account of responses from the HE sector. In the area of Open Access for publications, evidence from a…

22 November 2017News

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…

27 October 2017News

‘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…

26 October 2017News

Your Open Access – discovery

It might be Open, but can you find it? OA Button logo https://openaccessbutton.org/ 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…

25 October 2017News

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…

24 October 2017News