Whether you already have an idea for a new research area or are uncertain where to start, gaining an overview of the current literature is critical. Fortunately, not all of this is hidden behind paywalls. Thanks to those researchers who have been willing to disseminate their work through open access repositories and journals, there is now a substantial quantity of research available freely to all.
Much of this is harvested by CORE (COnnecting REpositories). CORE’s mission is to “aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public” (About CORE). CORE currently indexes nearly 25 million open access articles.
Next week (October 19th to 25th) is international Open Access Week. It is a great time to catch up on what open access means for you and your research. Here at Northampton we will mark the occasion with a series of posts on the subject of open access throughout the research lifecycle. These will expand on the guide we produced earlier this year and will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have. Look out for them here on the Research Support Hub.
Other organisations are celebrating Open Access Week with various events, including a number of webinars which are, of course, open to everyone. Why not check out some of these?
The OAPEN-UK project has just published a Guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social science researchers.
The guide has been produced to “assist arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) researchers in understanding the state of play with regards to open access in the UK and what it means to them as current and future authors of scholarly monographs” (p.4).
It starts with an overview of open access publishing and business models for monographs and then goes on to address some common concerns of researchers such as legal issues, financial concerns, quality etc.
Recent funders’ requirements for open access have presented researchers with both opportunities and challenges: opportunities to re-use and re-purpose published outputs and datasets, and challenges in making one’s own work legally and ethically available to others.
Intended for researchers who wish to engage with the open access agenda, but aren’t entirely sure how best to achieve this, this short guide highlights some of the issues to consider at each stage of the research lifecycle and the tools that are available to support you.
Further information about OA at each of the lifecycle stages can be found in these posts.
Acknowledgement: this guide was developed from work undertaken by Nick Dimmock, Katie Jones and Miggie Pickton as part of the JISC-funded Open to Open Access project. We welcome feedback from both Northampton researchers and our professional colleagues.
FAQ: I have just had an article accepted for publication and I’m unsure of my open access options. What should I do?
With multiple publishing options and a host of sometimes conflicting institutional, funder and publisher requirements, the pathway to open access can sometimes be a confusing one. The guide below is designed to help you navigate the route between having your article accepted for publication and making it open access in an appropriate and timely manner.
The guide covers both ‘green’ and ‘gold’ routes to open access and includes the University’s procedure for handling article processing charges (APCs).
However, in recent years they have stepped up their compliance monitoring, not only of their authors’ publishing behaviours, but also of the publishers’ practices subsequent to publication.
This post, published this week, analyses Wellcome Trust open access spending for the year 2013-2014. It makes fascinating reading.
If you are a researcher, whether a research student or research staff, it is important that you understand the implication of open access, where research papers are made freely available online, rather than published in high-cost subscription journals. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced last year that all post April-2016 UK research must be open access in order to qualify for funding assessments.
In the light of this, Dr Miggie Pickton and Nick Dimmock from LLS are holding a 2 hour workshop on Open Access on Thursday, 12 March from 15:00 to 17:00 in the TPod, Rockingham Library, Park Campus. If you would like more information please see the booking page here https://openaccessmar15.eventbrite.co.uk.
It has been a bit of a week (already) for publishers of dubious intent to clutter my Inbox.
I must clearly be a researcher of world leading renown (not) to be so sought after. SciencePG has this very morning invited me not only to propose a special issue of a journal but to guest edit it too! Yesterday it was a different publisher and I have no doubt there will be further invitations coming along soon.
Some of these publishers appear to be very plausible. They offer open access, short lead times, ‘free’ submission and they may even allow me to retain my own copyright. So far so good. The sting in the tail comes from the large fees demanded on publication, the absence of any rigorous peer review process and the poor quality of the dissemination. Read the rest of this entry
Are you likely to bid for Research Council funding?
If the answer to either of those questions is ‘Yes’ then you may already know that you will be expected to publish your research articles, and maybe even your data, in an ‘open access’ manner (HEFCE, RCUK) .
But do you know how to go about doing this? Do you have any concerns about it? Do you need any help?
FAQ: I am creating an online resource and would like to ensure that my reading list comprises only texts that are open access (OA). Where can I find suitable content?
There are plenty of open access articles and papers out there, if you know where to look. In the list below I have focused on text based materials rather than other resource types.
General repository search (all subjects):
- CORE – harvests a large number of repositories, claiming to index over 20 million articles.
- OAIster – now run by WorldCat – includes 30 million records, including text, audio, video, images and datasets.
- Digital Commons Network – has a colourful subject wheel to facilitate browsing; indexes repositories supported by Digital Commons software.
- OpenDOAR repository search and Registry of Open Access Repositories – OpenDOAR and ROAR are both registries of repositories; they each have a Google Custom Search box to enable searching of content.