Guest post: Reflections on Oxford’s alternative open access week 2018

International Open Access week is soon approaching in October – a busy time for UK universities. In this guest post, Sally Rumsey, Head of Scholarly Communications & Research Data Management and  Juliet Ralph, Open Access Subject Librarian, The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, describe their experiences with trying an ‘alternative’ OA week in the summer of 2018.  … Read more

The draft guidance on submissions for the 2021 REF

Earlier in July, the document, “Draft Guidance on Submissions” for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework was released for consultation. As the announcement stated, the document sets out the draft framework and generic criteria for assessment in the 2021 REF; specifies the content, data requirements, and related definitions for submissions to the REF; and guides HEI … Read more

What do we do with your article processing charge data?

Every year, Jisc asks UK HEIs to provide details of the individual article processing charges (APC) transactions they’ve made throughout the year using a standardised template. This ongoing project started in 2013 with 17 institutions participating. Since then, the project has expanded to include data on 36,000 APCs from 53 unique institutions, and it celebrates … Read more

CORE becomes the world’s largest aggregator

Blog post by Petr Knoth and Nancy Pontika at the CORE team (Open University) and Balviar Notay (Jisc) CORE, a global aggregator of full text open access scientific content from repositories and journals, has been growing at a fast pace over the last few months. As of May 2018, CORE has aggregated over 131 million … Read more

Imagining the future of repositories

Jisc recently held a national OpenAIRE workshop in Birmingham to explore the changing role of institutional repositories in Open Science – and how OpenAIRE and Jisc (can) support this (presentations can be found here). With the transition to Open Science, research, its management, and life cycle are changing radically. Beyond publications, interest is growing in research … Read more