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 …

A new tool for navigating the world of OA publishing, and RCUK changes its guidance – again…

11 Apr 2013 Things continue to move apace in the world of open access publishing.  The ‘Funders and Authors Compliance Tool’ (FACT) is now available in beta at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/fact/, and allows authors to check whether a particular journal meets the requirements of their research funder – provided the latter is one of the UK Research Councils of the Wellcome Trust. Good …