5 reasons why I can’t find Open Access publications

Monday, August 13th, 2012

With the publication of the Finch Report, Open Access and Institutional Repositories are hot topics at the moment. So it seems like an opportune moment to bring up an issue that’s been bothering me for a while. Why is it so hard to find Open Access publications? I’m not talking about the ...

Institutional repositories and access to research

Monday, August 13th, 2012

In her review of academic publishing (discussed in this Just Do It blog post), Dame Janet Finch considered the role of institutional repositories: databases containing reports of research either before they are submitted for publication in a journal or at some point after they have been published. Co-incidentally, we ...

Public policy on open access should be free from commerce

Friday, July 6th, 2012

'OPEN access to research papers and study materials has great benefits for the public, scholars, universities and governments. Yet while all Australian universities have a digital repository, many don't use them fully. We need a coherent public policy on open access, which should be led by universities, ...

Finch Report an Important Step Towards UK Open Access Policy but Significant Questions Remain on Implementation

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

'PLoS welcomes the Finch report recommendation to adopt open access of publicly funded research in the UK. The report raises important questions of implementation, particularly on licensing and transitional funding arrangements, that must be resolved in detail. We look forward to working with other stakeholders committed to Minister David Willetts’ vision of ...

Embedding repositories: a guide and self-assessment tool

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

'Welcome to RSP’s practical guide to embedding research repositories into institutional processes, systems and culture. Repositories in higher education need to demonstrate value to their institutions and researchers. The guide has collated the experience of previous projects and activity in the UK. ...

Unlocking attitudes to Open Access – survey results

Monday, December 5th, 2011

'You may remember earlier this year that the RSP and UKCoRR invited UK repositories to carry out a survey of academic staff with a particular focus on informing advocacy plans and “joined up” institutional developments for Open Access in higher education institutions. The questions focused on ...

JISC and UK Research Councils to build a robust repository infrastructure for the future

Friday, November 25th, 2011

'Tracking the UK’s research outputs will become easier in the future thanks to JISC and Research Councils UK (RCUK) working together to utilise their expertise. Over the coming months a piece of work called the RIO Extension project will take place, to scope the issues and requirements from ...

A case study in openness: Salford University

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

'A case study in institutional openness has just been published, focused on Salford University. Written by the Vice Chancellor and EOS Board member, Professor Martin Hall, the study describes the drive to openness and the benefits it brings to the University and its public. "The University ...

Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

'Universities, colleges, and other academic institutions are increasingly implementing and supporting institutional repositories (IRs). Typically, an institutional repository includes a variety of digital documents produced by scholars throughout the institution, including journal article e-prints, data sets, presentations, technical reports, and teaching materials. Institutional repositories can ...

Ranking Repositories

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Updated edition July 2011 'The Ranking of Repositories is published since 2008 and two editions are available usually at the end of January and July. The repositories ...