Developing a sustainable infrastructure to support open access

5 Jun 2015 With the rapid growth in open-access policies and mandates across Europe and worldwide, shared infrastructure and services are now critical to the efficiency and effectiveness of open access publication. These services include software, platforms, information and data services, and support and advice, without which it would be difficult or impossible for open-access publication at the scale now …

ORCID – An idea whose time has come?

28 May 2015 Information Power and Research Consulting recently completed a review of the Jisc-ARMA ORCID pilots, where 8 UK universities implemented the ORCID unique researcher identifier in their systems. The final report and an implementation checklist for institutions can now be found here. These show that momentum behind ORCID is now building rapidly, both in the UK and across the …

SHERPA/REF stakeholder consultation – Final Report

4 May 2015 Following the SHERPA/REF Stakeholder Consultation exercise which took place in January 2015, Research Consulting and the Centre for Research Communications produced a report which was subsequently presented to HEFCE, together with the Service Specifications Report, user stories and other outputs.  The CRC has always intended to make the report available under a CC-BY licence, with the permission of HEFCE, and …

Helping researchers meet REF open access requirements – SHERPA/REF consultation

14 Jan 2015 The Higher Education Funding Councils have issued guidance stating that, in order to be eligible for a future Research Excellence Framework, journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 will have to be made openly accessible via institutional repositories, with deposit into the repository being made at the time of acceptance for publication. …

New report highlights £9m compliance cost of UK open access requirements

21 Nov 2014 We’re delighted to announce the publication of our new report on the cost to UK research organisations of implementing funder open access policies.  Commissioned by London Higher and SPARC Europe, Counting the Costs of Open Access highlights the compliance burden associated with the move to open access publication of research articles, and for the first time identifies the administrative cost of making articles open access through the …

Survey of Open Access Costs for Institutions

1 Sep 2014 London Higher and SPARC Europe have jointly commissioned Research Consulting to evaluate the costs to UK higher education institutions of compliance with funder open access policies, specifically those of Research Councils UK and the Higher Education Funding Councils.  An on-line survey of compliance costs is now open to all UK Higher Education Institutions and Public Sector Research Establishments and will be …

Open Access Comes of Age

25 Apr 2014 Slides from my presentation at the UKSG annual conference, with Catherine Sharp of UCL and Helen Dodson of the University of Manchester, are now available to view at http://slidesha.re/1hreLBi.  Well worth a look for anyone interested in how research-intensive universities are going about implementing the RCUK open access policy, plus I shared some thoughts on the potential role for …

Counting the costs of open access

24 Feb 2014 My presentation, Counting the costs of Open Access, from the Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries Annual Conference on 24 and 25 Feb 2014 is now available on-line. You can also find a copy of my recent webinar for the Copyright Clearance Center, Open Access: The Journey So Far, here.