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.

Clear approaches help publishers deliver good OA experience

9 Oct 2013 Publishers developing or refining their open-access (OA) strategies need to explore what they can do to differentiate themselves in the academic market by aiding authors, librarians and researchers. As authors and their institutions become increasingly astute in their decisions about where to publish in OA form there are some important things that publishers should consider in order …

To share or not to share

10 Jun 2013 The challenge of ‘sharing’ has been on my mind a lot recently.  The general consensus is that sharing is a good thing, especially in the area of research, and every day seems to bring more initiatives to increase it.  In just the last few weeks we’ve seen the launch of the first UK-wide database for sharing University …

Helpsheet for academic institutions on managing open access

16 May 2013 My new helpsheet for academic institutions on managing the transition to open access publishing is now available.  This takes the form of a series of questions which can be used by institutions to inform their planning in this area, or to complete a self-assessment of their readiness for open access publishing. Please click here for a pdf copy, or contact me to request …