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A schema for OA policies

There are now many OA policies, from research funders and universities, listed in Sherpa/Juliet, ROARMAP and MELIBEA. This can lead to some confusion, especially for an author who is subject to more than one, neatly illustrated in a slide used by John Norman of Cambridge at an ALPSP seminar earlier this year (available here, PDF, […]

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Minimising the cost of Open Access

London Higher and SPARC-Europe today released an important report on the administration of OA and, in particular, its costs to the sector. While no survey is ever perfect, and it is early days, the findings make sobering reading. For example, the report finds that, in 2013-14, the sector spent nearly as much on administering the […]

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Jisc, journal data, Freedom of Information

Jisc works on behalf of universities and colleges, and with them, to improve their performance and competitiveness. At present, a major challenge facing universities is the transition from subscription journals to open access (OA). Jisc has done a huge amount to limit the costs and improve the efficiency of the subscription model, for example through […]

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SHARE and CHORUS

At the end of October week Rachel Bruce and Neil Jacobs met the teams behind two of the leading US initiatives in scholarly and research communication, SHARE and CHORUS. Here, we outline what we found and what it might mean for UK universities and the Jisc projects and services that relate to these areas. SHARE […]

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Jisc activity supporting REF OA compliance

Jisc has been working closely with HEFCE to coordinate activity to support institutions in achieving compliance with the policy on Open Access and the REF. Further to the release of the REF information requirements we would like to outline the work and planning taking place. Potential Services 1) Jisc Publications Router (formerly Repository Junction Broker). […]

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Helping institutions comply with the REF open access policy

Institutions up and down the UK are thinking hard about how they can capture their academics’ research outputs onto their repositories at the time of acceptance. They need to do this in order to comply with the policy on OA and the REF. How can Jisc help? In this post Steve Byford looks at one […]

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OA books: the next few months at Jisc

In the summer, I posted a summary of Jisc’s work over the next few months on OA journals, and I promised that I would follow this up with something similar covering books. Although not the focus of many research funder OA policies at the moment, monographs present a rather particular set of challenges for OA, […]

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Opening data about open access

Stuart Lawson, research analyst with Jisc Collections, outlines the next steps in making APC data open and re-usable. Two months ago I posted about collecting and sharing APC data. The aim was to create a single standard spreadsheet template which all UK higher education institutions could use to record and report their APC expenditure. Since […]

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Jisc’s evidence to the review of the RCUK OA policy

I suspect that there has been a large number of written submissions of evidence to the independent panel reviewing the implementation of the RCUK OA policy; Jisc is on the panel, and has submitted evidence, of which here’s a summary. The full document, slightly longer than the 3000 word maximum requested by RCUK I’m afraid, […]

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The next six months for Jisc scholarly communications support – journals

With research funders issuing OA policies, and publishers offering new models for hybrid and OA journals, it is certainly a busy time in scholarly journals. It can also be a somewhat confusing picture, as institutions look across the range of initiatives from Jisc, system suppliers such as Symplectic, and publishers, to piece together approaches that […]