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Plan S: considerations, questions and support

Coming into effect in 2021, Plan S will bring new open access requirements and recommendations that will affect funding bodies, publishers, higher education institutions, researchers, and institutional repositories. Preparations need to be made by all those involved to make the transition to Plan S compliance as streamlined as possible, yet planning for Plan S is […]

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OpenAIRE: Impact and Measurement of Open Access

On the 14th of February, OpenAIRE held a workshop in Oslo, Norway entitled “Impact and Measurement of Open Access” at the University College of Applied Science.  Since the OA movement started, much has been done to promote the ideals of sharing research, and the push continues to build the tools needed to allow researchers to […]

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Shaping the future of Jisc OA services – A sector-wide view

In this post, Rob Johnson of Research Consulting reports on the results of recent research to inform the development of Jisc’s OA services. We think the findings will be of wider interest. Rob writes: Back in February we were asked by Jisc to help inform the development of Jisc’s future open access (OA) services, including […]

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Jisc OA pathfinders address OA challenges

Two of Jisc’s OA pathfinder projects (those led by UCL and Manchester) have agreed that, to reflect specific challenges currently facing universities in implementing OA, they will over the next year take on additional work in the following areas: 1. Approaches to deposit (Manchester): reviewing pilots of different approaches to depositing items into repositories in […]

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Jisc projects and services update

In March on this blog I outlined where Jisc was, and what the next steps were, with respect to a range of our activities. To avoid repeating a lot of the background information about these activities, I’d like to refer readers to that post, though I’ll repeat here for reference the slide showing the main […]

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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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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 […]