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Jisc plans for OA services

Many readers of this blog will know that Jisc offers, or is developing, services to help universities implement open access. In this post I’d like to explain where we are on several of these, and to outline what the next few months hold. I know that this kind of information can be useful for university […]

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Jan 2015 update on Jisc’s OA work wrt journal articles

Happy new year to all, if it’s not already too late to say that. New year already seems a long time ago. I’ve been asked to provide an update of Jisc’s OA work for various forthcoming meetings and thought this might be a generally useful thing to make available, since it indicates both what we’re […]

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PASTEUR4OA Meeting of National Experts

Working Together to Promote Open Access Policy Alignment in Europe Earlier in December Jisc hosted the PASTEUR4OA project meeting of national experts which brought together representatives from more than 33 European countries to discuss a joint agenda that will promote the alignment of OA policies in EU Member States and neighbouring countries. Three issues were […]

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Jisc and OpenAIRE2020

We’re delighted to welcome the announcement that OpenAIRE2020 will start in January next year, and to say that Jisc is a significant partner in this project. OpenAIRE provides an important infrastructure for open research at a European level, complementing many of the services that Jisc offers to UK institutions, and adding value to those services. […]

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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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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, […]