Advocacy OA support

OpenDOAR’s Plan S repository self-assessment tool

In August 2021, OpenDOAR launched its free Plan S Repository self-assessment tool to the global repository community to aid repositories in building high standards and broadening their impact.  What does it do?  The tool allows repository managers to see how their repository fares against the six Plan S repository requirements offering clear explanations, implementable guidance and good practice tips along the way.  The tool serves to aid the development of improved […]


Jisc has joined Sparc Europe

Earlier this year, Jisc became a member of Sparc Europe, which may come as a bit of a surprise since Jisc and Sparc Europe have collaborated on various things over the years, such as the Research Data competition with the University of Cambridge, and Jisc provided founding support for the organisation back in 2003, along […]

Jisc OA news has moved to a new home – our new research blog

Jisc’s Scholarly Communications blog is drawing to a close following the launch of our new Research blog. This means that all our new updates about open access and scholarly communication will now appear on the Research blog, so that’s the place to look for all the latest news from here on. This includes announcements about […]

CORE reaches 30 million visits per month

CORE has reached a new milestone of 30 million monthly active users. This follows already significant growth of CORE’s user base in 2020, as we only reported achieving 20 million monthly users in June 2020.  This usage growth is also reflected in a substantial improvement of CORE’s Alexa Global Rank. As of November 1, 2020, […]

Open Access Quarterly Update – Issue 19: December 2020

Welcome to the December 2020 Issue Editorial This has been, by any standards, a trying year. With a vaccine actually being distributed as I write this, we can perhaps look forward to the new year with more confidence than we thought even a month ago. We all, as a sector and as a society, obviously […]


Global first for UKRI – recording funding peer review contributions in ORCID records

Researchers can now have their grant peer review contributions made visible and recognised when added to their ORCID Record by the UKRI’s Je-S funding platform. UKRI and nearly 100 UK Higher Education and research organisations are members of ORCID, an international non-profit organisation that is committed to help achieve recognition and support for researchers by […]

CORE update for July to September 2020

The team continues to work on improving CORE. This period was a highly productive period for CORE in terms of growing and developing our products.  CORE’s dashboard Improving access to the CORE Repository Dashboard Improving data provider registration  CORE’s team involves an international event on processing research papers CORE Discovery and repositories CORE’s work on […]

CORE – The 3C Citation Context Classification Shared Task : Overview

Citation analysis for research evaluation has been a subject of increased interest for the past few decades. The 3C Shared task aims to create a platform encouraging researchers to participate in research in this area. The first edition of the shared task organised by the researchers at CORE, Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), The Open University, […]

Community events Events OA support

Talking about transitional agreements: an open access community event

Introduction Jisc’s open access (OA) community events provide opportunities for institutions to discuss key topics in OA, to share strategies and to learn from others. This session focused on transitional agreements (TAs) and communicating these with different audiences. We invited speakers from a range of institutions to share their experiences of communicating TAs with a […]

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Jisc Sherpa services, responding to the changing policy environment

Equity and inclusion in Jisc Sherpa Services The theme of this year’s Open Access Week is taking action to build structural equity and inclusion. Jisc’s Sherpa services are accessible globally and have a key position in the world’s open research service infrastructure. In celebration of Open Access Week 2020, we highlight some of the editorial […]