A £12-million Charity Open Access Fund project has been set up by the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, the Breast Cancer Campaign, Arthritis Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and the British Heart Foundation.
Researchers with funding from the charities will be eligible to apply to the fund to cover costs incurred when publishing papers with immediate, unrestricted open access.
Further information is available here.
Any peer-reviewed research articles supported in whole or in part by NIHR funding, that are submitted for publication and published from 1st April 2014 should be made available under the “Gold” approach to Open Access – which means the report is free at the time of publication. Continue reading
A recent report from HEFCE states that in order to be eligible for the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication, and must be discoverable (and free to read) by anyone with an internet connection.
The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. Although the policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016, it is strongly advised to implement the policy now.
For more details, please see the full report here.
A review of journals is being undertaken. The Library needs to know which journals it is important for the College of CMDS to hold. Current journals which are infrequently accessed may not be kept. Researchers are encouraged to engage with this process so that the journal list reflects their needs.
Obviously publishing the mind-boggling results of your research is top of every academic’s agenda, but when you’re working up that final draft there are a few key things to bear in mind that will hopefully help you celebrate success beyond the printed article in the longer term: Continue reading
Most research funders now expect your published findings to be freely accessible to others. The optimum ‘Gold’ route to open-access publishing will ensure the immediate unrestricted online availability of your paper, free of any cost to the reader (funded instead by article processing charges – APCs – paid by the author institution).
Authors taking the ‘Green’ route must archive a copy of the published manuscript (often called the post-print or author-accepted version) in an open repository (usually institutional or subject-based) such as the University of Birmingham Research Archive (UBIRA).
Many of our research funders (including the Wellcome Trust, RCUK, Royal Society, Cancer Research UK and EU Horizon 2020) support open and unrestricted access to published research.
Importantly, RCUK’s open-access policy came into effect on 1st April 2013, and all papers resulting from Research Council-funded activities must now be published in open-access journals or placed in open repositories. RCUK will provide block grants to HEIs for the payment of article processing charges (APCs) and other publication charges, so you’ll no longer be able to include these costs within individual grant applications. Continue reading
So your research is novel, original and exciting? Publish and tell the world, but contact the Technology Transfer office first!
The University understands the importance of publishing but remains keen to protect the patentability of intellectual property (IP). Continue reading
Are your publications widely available? ‘Open access’ refers to unrestricted, online access to the published findings of research. This workshop explains how HEFCE are aiming to make it a requirement that research outputs are made widely accessible before the next REF. Jill Russell discusses this; along with how funding bodies also require the outputs from the research they have specifically funded to be made available.
Find out more about the policies around open access by viewing our events page.