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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

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

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

Library satisfaction survey – have your say

The University Library is currently running a survey to find our what you think about our services. The survey should only take around 5 minutes to complete, and you could win a £200 Amazon gift card. Questions are grouped under: enquiries, support and outreach; access to resources; spaces, and if you are a research postgraduate…

13 March 2019Open access

Tickell still positive but admits much remains to be done

We previously posted in March 2016 about Adam Tickell’s advice to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on Open Access to research (OA).  Following the end of the UK Research and Innovation 5-year transition period Professor Tickell, Independent Chair of the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, has now reported again to the Department…

20 February 2019Open access

14th Berlin Open Access Conference

Last month the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference was held, with the title ‘Aligning strategies to enable Open Access’. Over 170 participants from 37 countries and 5 continents attended the event, and delegates came from a range of organisations including universities, libraries, research funders, and government agencies. This diverse spectrum and the resulting consensus on…

16 January 2019Open access

Feedback requested on implementation of Plan S

Following the recent Wellcome announcement of its revised Open Access Policy, today new guidelines on the implementation of Plan S have been announced. The guidelines are published in full with details of technical requirements at https://www.coalition-s.org/feedback/ and feedback is welcomed from all stakeholders, including the public. Copyright Science Europe 2018 and licensed under a Creative…

27 November 2018Open access

It’s Open Access Week 2018!

It’s that time of year again when around the world people are celebrating all things Open Access. The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week, is “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.” In the first blog post we will look at work going on in the Humanities to raise the profile of Open Access…

22 October 2018OJS Open access Open access books Theses

Repository storms past 12000 items with Open Access article about space weather

The Library effort to make research papers Open Access continues and this week we passed the 12000 item milestone.  Thanks to our colleague Kirsty Knowles the 12000th item deposited is a paper about modelling space weather. A new technique for observationally derived boundary conditions for space weather is published in Journal of Space Weather and…

4 May 2018Open access

Knowledge Exchange on the costs of Open Access

The cost of Open Access isn’t a late-breaking field. In 2014 a cost of £9.2m for UK research organisations to achieve RCUK Open Access compliance was quoted [1]. This is in addition to the millions paid to publishers for article processing charges.  Because the market in scholarly publications is constantly adapting and costs for Open…

20 April 2018Open access