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.”


PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress

We are pleased to announce that staff and students have access to the PILOTS database.  It provides details and summaries of literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health and policy issues surrounding traumatic events.

Access is available from the A-Z list of databases.  Just click on the link to PILOTS and login with your RGU details.

Library classes this week

For the rest of this week the following programme of library classes will be running. If you would like to attend a session follow the links to go to the booking form and sign up. Each class will last for one hour and take place in 337 in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre. To see the full programme of classes over the next semester follow this link.

International Open Access Week 20th – 24th October

Open access can improve the visibility and widen the readership and impact of your scholarship. From 2016, journal and conference articles will need to be available on open access if they are to be submitted in REF 2020.

Library Staff will be available across campus at different sites during the  week to provide information on open access, answer queries and discuss how you can get involved .

In addition academic and other colleagues will be giving 10 minute talks on open acces

Date Location Information Stand 10 Minute Talk
Mon 20th Architecture Foyer 11am – 2pm Peter Robertson – 1pm
Tues 21st Health H230 11am – 2pm Colin MacDuff – 11.15am
Wed 22rd ABS Level 4 Bridge West 10am- 2pm Alistair Anderson – 12.45pm
Thurs 23rd Grays Foyer 11am – 2pm Susan Copeland – 12.30pm
Fri 24th Riverside East Entrance 10am – 2pm Andrew Davis – 11.15am
Ines Arana – 1.15pm

If you cannot come along please get in touch and we can arrange to meet up.


Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre

Looking for a place to study? Practicing for a presentation? Come along to the GSS Learning Centre (Level 3, ABS) – your new collaborative study space where interactive group work is encouraged in a comfortable atmosphere. Alongside group study areas and open access PCs, the Learning Centre provides a seminar area, project pods and student project rooms.

Find out more:

IT Area (resized) Project Pods (resized) Study Area (resized)