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Open approaches to scholarship

Another useful resource that brings together information about open access, repositories and related topics is the EnablingOpenScholarship website. Members of the EOS organisation aim to develop strategies for promoting open scholarship, and the website provides guidance on issues such as developing open access policies, addressing author concerns and the business aspects of institutional repositories. Worth…

24 February 2011News

Citation advantage of Open Access

One of the benefits of Open Access (OA) is the increased audience and potential for greater citation, and many studies have been done to examine this ‘citation advantage’ (where OA articles receive more citations than equivalent subscription articles). A recent publication by Ben Wagner reviews the literature and weighs the evidence, finding the majority of…

23 February 2011News

Open Access hot topic at Research Management event

Closing discussions were focussed on Open Access and compliance with research funder mandates at a recent event organised by the Centre for Research Communications. Research Management: Smoothing the Way brought together library, IT and research managers to look at integrating research management in institutions and best practice in research support. The work at St Andrews…

2 February 2011News

New OA journal from Nature

You may be interested in the announcement of a new journal from Nature Publishing that it is to be fully Open Access. While the majority of Nature’s journals already have an open access option, this is a significant move for such a major publisher. The business model for Scientific Reports will mean it is freely…

13 January 2011News

Increasing our open access content

The results of a JISC project have been useful in populating Research@StAndrews:FullText. The MERIT project, which collated and enhanced RAE2008 submission data, provides a searchable database that can be analysed by institution and subject area. I describe how we have used the data on the RSP blog.

12 January 2011News

Alternative funding model for Open Access journals

A report for Knowledge Exchange puts forward a business model based on submission fees as a way to help journals become Open Access. The report ‘Submission Fees – a tool in the transition to open access?‘ by Mark Ware concludes that there could be benefits in adopting a model where authors pay a fee when…

10 January 2011News

Research blog from RPO

The University’s Research Policy Office have just launched a blog to bring you highlights of research activity in St Andrews.

22 December 2010News

Research@StAndrews:FullText grows by 60%

St Andrews reasearch repository has grown significantly in the last year, with the number of items it contains increasing by 60% since 2009. 175 theses and 116 research publications were added in 2010, to bring the total content to 783. Research publications have more than doubled since the University’s Research Information System (Pure) was launched…

8 December 2010News

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