Open Access Update

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.

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An update on Open Access

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.

Publishing in high-impact journals

This session was to give you hints and tips on the best strategies for developing and submitting your future papers, with talks from Prof Jon Frampton on the importance of publishing in the context of the REF, and editors’ perspectives from Dr David Thickett, Prof Jayne Franklyn, Prof Tony Smith and Prof Roy Bicknell, including their own personal dos and don’ts for making it easy for your reviewers to give you the thumbs up.

Please refer to our events page for more information.

Open Access: a summary of current policy and practice – 26th November 2013

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.