Open Access Week

As Open Access Week comes to an end, it is time for some reflection on the 10 minute talks and conversations with staff around campus at information stands.

Those staff who have submitted publications or theses to our Institutional Repository have seen real benefits from easier access to their research and growth in readership and citations.  Usage statistics are easy to view, straight from your article on the repository.

All have felt that the submission process is very easy, involving providing the library with details of the publication and the Library taking it from there to investigate copyright issues.

Gold or Green – there was quite a bit of discussion on this.  Gold is where you pay for an article to be made available on open access.  Some funding bodies do make open access a requirement for grant award and provide funding for the gold route.  A distinction needs to be made between quality gold route publishers and vanity publishing.

Many publications are not covered by this type of funding, however this does not mean you cannot make your research available on open access and compliant with the new HEFCE policy on open access

The Green open access route is the one where, with journal publishers permission, a version of an article  can be placed in the RGU Institutional Repository or a subject repository.  For assistance with this you just need to get in touch with the Library

In response to requests for more information we have put up a new page on open access.

The importance of open access is aptly summarised by Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal

“Creating a really vibrant research profile for RGU, particularly in our chosen priority areas, is of great importance to us. It is therefore vital that our scholarly outputs achieve maximum visibility, readership and impact globally. Open Access will be key to achieving this goal”

and Rita Marcella, Dean, ABS

“It is one of the key ways in which we can ensure that other researchers and practitioners are able to find, read fully, engage with and respond to or cite our work. Given the whole argument that what we do in researching is to seek to make a contribution to knowledge, then it is imperative that academia lead the way in supporting initiatives that enable the widest possible free access to that knowledge.”


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