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Getting ready for open research

By Andrea Chiarelli, 29/06/2018 On Tuesday 26th June, I attended the Inside Government event Moving Towards Full Open Access in Higher Education in London. The event dealt with open access and its challenges but also, more broadly, with open research. Thanks to a pool of high-profile speakers, we were presented with a series of significant observations – in this post, …

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Eight reasons early posting models are taking off in 2018

Guest post by Christine Ferguson, 06/03/2018 Momentum continues to grow for early posting initiatives such as preprints and ‘Open Research’ platforms. In a previous post, I provided a recap of early posting models that have attracted buy-in from key stakeholders in the life sciences in recent years. Below, I recount eight reasons why these platforms are likely to be used …

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The Role of Hybrid Open Access in Extending Author Choice

by Andrea Chiarelli, 26/02/2018 Our report for the Publishing Research Consortium (PRC) has been released on 23 February. Working in partnership with Pleiade Management and Consultancy, we interviewed 33 authors of gold open access articles to understand their motivations and influencing factors when selecting the Hybrid OA option. The report found that the most important factor for researchers when deciding where …

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The rise of preprints in life sciences

Guest post by Christine Ferguson, 23/02/2018 If anything has gained traction in the open science arena over the past couple of years, it is preprints: the posting of research outputs as soon as they are in draft form, ahead of formal peer review. In this post, the first of two on the topic of preprints, I take a look back …

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Why are new university presses on the rise, and how can you get involved?

Guest post by Megan Taylor, University of Huddersfield Press, 05/02/2018 Publishing has been part of the UK university landscape since the 16th century. At that time, Cambridge University Press was launched, closely followed by Oxford University Press. Since then, many other presses, including Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester, have joined the ranks and grown to rival even some of the larger …

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Adoption of open access is rising – but so too are its costs

By Stephen Pinfield and Rob Johnson, 22 Jan 2018 This post orginally appeared on the LSE impact blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/. Options available to authors to make their work open access are on the rise. Adoption of open access itself is also rising, and usage of open-access materials is similarly increasing. However, alongside rising access levels another, less positive rise can also be observed: the …

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Monitoring the transition to open access: progress in 2017

By Rob Johnson, 6 Dec 2017 Over the past few months, we have been involved in a consortium to deliver the 2017 iteration of the ‘Monitoring the transition to open access’ report. Led by Jubb Consulting, we worked with colleagues at the University of Sheffield and Elsevier to evaluate recent developments in this ever-changing field and their implications for the …

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Learned societies and open access

By Rob Johnson, 18 Oct 2017 Since 2015, the Universities’ UK Open Access Co-ordination Group has commissioned a bi-annual exercise to monitor the UK’s transition to open access, including the financial health of learned societies. As part of this exercise, I have been working with Professor Robert Dingwall to assess how 30 UK learned societies have fared between 2011 and …

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Open Science in the cradle of democracy

By Andrea Chiarelli, 11 Sep 2017 From September 6th to 8th, Rob Johnson and I attended the Open Science Fair in Athens. Held in the stunning Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano, this was the first event of its kind, and drew over 250 delegates from all over the world. An initiative of 4 EU projects (OpenAIRE, OpenUP, …

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Taking the temperature of the open access landscape

By Andrea Chiarelli, 23 Jun 2017 A simple way to measure if a topic is being discussed is to monitor social media. A quick Twitter query showed that the hashtag #OpenAccess was mentioned between 387 and 1017 times in each of the last four weeks. Add in similar terms such as #OA and hashtags associated with specific activities, and the …