Author Archives: Neil Jacobs

About Neil Jacobs

JISC Programme Director, Digital Infrastructure (Information Environment)

Working together to implement Plan S

Plan S outlines the aspirations of an international group of research funders, including UKRI, to reach 100% open access quickly and cost-effectively. This morning we have got more draft detail on how the signatories to Plan S, cOAlition S, envisage it being pursued. We now know, for example, that there is an important future for … Read more

Saving authors’ time

This is a rather speculative thought piece. Where we want to get to is authors doing the minimum amount of work necessary to get their papers published, but not less work than that. Two recent developments suggest that the time might be right to think again about this: the first is the announcement by PLOS … Read more

Collective action for scholarly infrastructures

Today I’m rather belatedly picking up on Cameron Neylon’s January post, which itself was a response to David Lewis’s proposal that libraries devote 2.5% of their budget to pay for shared scholarly infrastructures. I’ve been concerned about the sustainability of scholarly infrastructures for some time, for example working with arXiv on developing their model a … Read more

Reproducibility and open research

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend two workshops that gave me the opportunity to reflect on open research and its contribution to research integrity. One was a stimulating afternoon at the BMJ to consider the future of publishing in health research, and the other was the first meeting of the UK Research Integrity … Read more

Jisc and international OA infrastructure

This post is a companion to a poster Balviar is presenting for Jisc at the Open Repositories conference next week in Dublin. You can download the poster [PDF] here: Jacobs_OR2016_POSTER The poster gives three views of how Jisc is contributing to, and building on, international infrastructure for OA. Those three ways are: 1. Expressing open … Read more

What is a repository?

“What is a repository” was one of the first questions I faced on joining Jisc back in 2005 and, of course, it was not the first time it had been asked even then, and it has come up periodically since then. With many OA (and some open data) policies explicitly mentioning “repositories”, it might be … Read more