Jisc’s work in scholarly communications

Welcome to this new blog where I will be providing updates on Jisc’s work in scholarly communications, including the work we’re doing to help UK universities implement Open Access, though not our work on research data management. We will be improving the main Jisc webpages to make it easier to find out more about this work; this blog will be for updates, news and your comments. To kick off though, I thought it would be useful just to list what we’re doing at the moment.


Total cost of ownership: collection and analysis of data about the costs and value of journals for institutions under different financial models.

Nesli2 hybrid journal negotiations: On behalf of its customers, Jisc negotiating with publishers for agreements combining subscription and APC payments for hybrid journals.

OA-related Jisc Collections negotiations: On behalf of its customers, Jisc negotiating with publishers for agreements relating to OA and associated payments, schemes, licences, etc. Eg, Peer-J

Jisc-APC: pilot project that aims to assist UK higher education institutions and publishers worldwide in managing Gold OA article processing charges.

NHS Pilot: extension to NHS staff in England, Scotland and Wales of licences for a range of publishers’ content, to assess its impact.–2014-NHS-Pilot/NHS-Pilot-Title-information/

SME Pilot: extension to a sample of SMEs of licences for a range of publishers’ content, to assess its impact.


National Monograph Strategy: exploring the potential for a national approach to the collection, preservation, supply and digitisation of scholarly monographs. (contact Ben Showers for more information)

OAPEN-UK: longitudinal pilot and investigation into the issues arising from, and impact of, OA publication of monographs.

OAPEN deposit service: pilot Jisc support for an international platform wherein OA monographs from many sources are deposited, curated and made openly available; in discussion.

Knowledge Unlatched pilot: Jisc management of HEFCE contribution to an innovative controlled crowdfund model for monograph publishing.


Jisc Monitor: Investigation and prototyping to test the value and feasibility of services to help universities show compliance with funder OA mandates and monitor APC payments.

IRUS-UK: Collects raw download data from UK repositories and processes into COUNTER-compliant, comparable, authoritative, standards-based usage statistics.

Publications Router: Automates direct delivery of scholarly works (Green/Gold OA and/or pre-embargoed records) from publisher and subject repository to the appropriate individual repositories.

Sherpa RoMEO: Analysis of publisher policies for authors’ rights when using Open Access repositories.

Sherpa Juliet: Registry of Open Access policies from research funders worldwide.

Sherpa FACT: Advice to UK authors on compliance with funders’ policies in their journal of choice.

OpenDOAR: The world’s authoritative and quality-assured directory of Open Access repositories.

CORE / UK OA aggregation: An aggregation of metadata and open access content from repositories and journals. Provides programmable access to research outputs for text-mining and development of new services, a search engine and analytical tools.


Gold OA infrastructure group: large, international, cross-sector and cross-industry stakeholder group concerned with technical infrastructure for OA.

RIOXX: Metadata profile allowing institutional repositories to share information about OA research papers and their compliance with funder policies. Note a new stable release is due by end of June 2014.

V4OA: A set of vocabularies to describe relevant features of OA papers, including version, licence, readability, APC status and embargo.

CASRAI research reporting: Working group within Jisc-CASRAI international pilot, seeking agreement between funders, HEIs and others, on metadata for research reporting.

Also relevant, Jisc’s ORCID pilot:

Sector support

OA Good Practice: Institutionally-based Pathfinder projects developing and sharing new and effective ways to meet funders’ OA policies.

OA implementation Community: Series of workshops, briefings, case studies, webinars, blogs, etc, supporting a community of practice implementing OA in HEIs.

Repository Technical Support Package: Support, including technical support, for institutional repositories taking up Jisc and other shared services and standards. Being commissioned at the moment.


Member of Universities-UK implementation and coordination group relating to the recommendations from the Finch Report.
Member of the Open Access Implementation Group.

PASTEUR4OA: European project aiming to assess the effectiveness of OA policies and align them as far as possible across EU member states.

By Neil Jacobs

JISC Programme Director, Digital Infrastructure (Information Environment)

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