Supporting a diverse scholarly publishing ecosystem: introducing our new dynamic purchasing service

This post was written by Caren Milloy, Deputy director – Jisc Collections  Here at Jisc we are keen to encourage a more diverse and transparent open access publishing environment. Our new dynamic purchasing service (DPS) enables new and emerging open access presses to procure publishing services (software and services that support the publishing workflow such … Read more

Elsevier to participate in Publications Router

Elsevier has agreed to enable Jisc’s Publications Router service to notify UK institutions of articles authored by their researchers. Under an agreement signed by Elsevier and Jisc, Router will capture metadata of articles from their Science Direct platform, providing early alerts to participating institutions of articles accepted for publication in Elsevier journals. These notifications can … Read more

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

Frontiers supplies full-text articles to Publications Router

Frontiers is the latest open access publisher to distribute content automatically to institutional repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router service. This enables institutions to capture, store, curate and showcase articles published in Frontiers journals that report research by their academics. Frontiers publishes 61 journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines, including in life sciences, health, … Read more

OA monographs discovery in the library supply chain: draft report and recommendations

This post was written by Graham Stone, Senior Research Manager, Jisc Collections. Introduction Key studies, such as the OAPEN-NL project, have shown that open access has a positive impact on the usage and discovery of monographs. However, a recurring theme for open access monograph publishers is that of discoverability, dissemination and metadata. In 2017, the … Read more

Open access briefing paper: The potential of global identifiers to support more efficient workflows for all kinds of OA

This paper was written by Chris Brown, Katie Shamash, Helen Blanchett and Balviar Notay. Is was published as part of Open Access Week 2018 and can also be downloaded as a PDF document. Introduction This document describes the potential of Persistent Identifier (PID) registries, in particularly for researchers and organisations, and how, if properly used, … Read more

Plan S will bring many changes, but the death of the repository should not be one

On the eve of Open Access Week, Bill Hubbard argues that we must not forget university repositories as the bedrock of open research. This article was originally published in Times Higher Education, 21 October 2018 Image Source: iStock Science Europe’s Plan S has been viewed as a somewhat revolutionary move after years of frustration at the rate … Read more

IRUS-UK collaboration: consistent, comparable usage statistics to demonstrate the growth of OA

This is a guest post by Pete Dalton, Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, on behalf of the IRUS-UK team. IRUS–UK is a standards-based statistics aggregation service, enabling UK universities to share and compare information about usage of items in their institutional repositories. Conforming to the COUNTER standard, statistics are consistent and comparable to enable benchmarking … Read more

Helping UK open access repositories comply with OpenAIRE’s guidelines

On 11 October 2018, Jochen Schirrwagen from the University of Bielefeld presented a webinar for UK repositories in order to help them comply with version 3 of OpenAIRE’s guidelines for open access repositories. OpenAIRE’s mission is to shift scholarly communication towards openness and transparency and facilitate innovative ways to communicate and monitor research, with a … Read more