Updates to SHERPA Services during July 2015 included the addition of 55 publishers to RoMEO, bringing the total to 1960. JULIET now includes the policy from Breast Cancer Now (formed from the merger of the Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer) and updates from Diabetes UK and the International Development Research Centre.
With an increasing number of funding agencies working together to provide open access to their research, details of these groups have now been added to JULIET.
These groups will now be searchable in their own right, and will provide a list of the participating agencies. Each agency will continue to have its own policy entry, so users can search for the group and then select their specific agency. Or they can search for the agencies by name if known.
For example here is the REF group of funders [http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/index.php?fPersistentID=1060]
New groups will be added as and when they are needed. We currently have lists for:
- Research Councils UK
- Charity Open Access Fund
- Europe PubMed Central Funders
During June 2015 updates to SHERPA Services included the addition of 66 publishers to SHERPA RoMEO, bringing the total to 1903. There are now 151 funder policies included in SHERPA JULIET, following the addition of policies from Prostate Cancer Canada, Avon Foundation for Women, and the Royal Society.
As a follow-up to last month’s webinar on OA policy compliance, Bill Hubbard has written an editorial for UKSG eNews. The webinar generated considerable interest and in his editorial Bill has been able to address some of the concerns raised by webinar participants. In this he touches on different models for meeting Open Access policy requirements, he notes that “in the longer term I do not believe that open access can ever reach its potential without authors being active participants in wanting and creating open access to research materials.” Read his full discussion in Policy compliance and author engagement.
The Open Repositories 2015 conference (#OR2015) opens next week (June 8-11) in Indianapolis, USA. The online programme contains information on the 37 accepted papers, 6 panel sessions and 21 24×7 sessions. The Steering Committee note that the conference received an “unprecedented number of proposals this year, with 240 proposals submitted across the conference and interest group tracks”, necessitating the final programme to be the most selective so far.
The presentation from Balviar Notay of Jisc on “Integration with external systems and services: challenges and opportunities” will discuss the Jisc-funded shared services (including SHERPA Services) and the challenge of interoperability with institutional systems.
The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Trinity College Dublin have recently announced that the Eleventh International Conference on Open Repositories (#OR2016) will be held at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, during the week of June 13th 2016.
Work is continuing on the development phase of SHERPA/REF. We anticipate that the beta version will be available in early June, and will initially inform contacts from our stakeholder engagement work in January. We will then seek to obtain qualitative feedback from within that group.
We continue to discuss requirements with funders and today held an online focus group with research support staff to gather their opinions and reactions to the live beta service. This was valuable in exploring the level and complexity of information that should be displayed on the user interface. The participants shared the instinct of CRC staff that a clean, simple interface is preferable, with opportunity to view more detail if required.
Almost 400 participants registered for the UKSG webinar on Getting the Rights Right – or When policies collide! yesterday, organised by UKSG and the CRC. In addition to strong interest from the UK, registrations came in from another 24 countries including every continent (except Antarctica).
Prior to the webinar, delegates were asked if they had specific questions or areas that they would like to be covered in the presentation / discussion. A considerable number of queries were received – some were very specific but many fell into one of the following themes: compliance; modes of Open Access; repository matters; interaction with publishers; advocacy; funding; and copyright.
Registered participants will be sent a link to the full presentation and it will also be made available on the UKSG website. In addition, Bill will follow up the issues discussed in an editorial in UKSG eNews in mid-June.
A Storify of tweeting before and during the webinar is available at: http://sfy.co/r0QTG
While OpenDOAR welcomes suggestions of additions to the authoritative directory of academic open access repositories, not all meet the criteria for listing on OpenDOAR.
For example, the repository or digital archive cannot be an open access journal, back issues of an open access journal or a journal portal – these are eligible for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). In addition, the repository cannot be a library catalogue or a portal of links that lead to papers deposited on another site.
These are three main criteria for inclusion in the service:
- The repository must already contain full-text documents, images or re-usable data
- The repository must allow free access to the contents without the user needing to register and log in
- The information in the repository must be of interest to academic researchers
If you know of an academic open access repository that meets the OpenDOAR criteria, please use this online form to suggest it: http://www.opendoar.org/suggest.php if your suggestion doesn’t appear check that it does fit the criteria and email OpenDOAR if you think that it does. As suggestions are checked by human beings, inclusion in OpenDOAR is not instant!
The latest monthly newsletter from OpenAIRE highlights the publication of a recent report initiated by PASTEUR4OA which builds on the recent enhancement and re-launch of ROARMAP (the Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies). The enhancement has led to both an increase in the number of policies included in ROARMAP and enabled more extensive search functionality. Following this, the report’s authors have analysed the effectiveness of Open Access (OA) policies across Europe.
The report (part of the deliverables for the Open Access Policy Alignment STrategies for European Union Research project) concludes that there are not yet enough OA policies to test whether other policy conditions would further contribute to the effectiveness of mandates. However, these current findings indicate that it would be useful for future mandates to adopt these conditions in order to maximise the growth of OA. In addition, the analysis identifies a list of criteria around which policies should align:
- Must deposit (i.e. deposit is mandatory)
- Deposit cannot be waived
- Link deposit with research evaluation
The CRC and UKSG are pleased to announce final details of the webinar on 19th May. The Open Access policy environment is growing more complex and more demanding in its needs, and now more significant in its implications. Getting the Rights Right – or When policies collide! will consider how we find our way through the forest of requirements, options, exemptions, variations and special cases that institutions and individuals have to handle with Open Access policies. Join Bill Hubbard, Director of the Centre for Research Communications, for an informative and practical webinar.
This is a free webinar and open to all. If you are interested, but unable to join the live event, please register anyway as a recording will be made available to all who register.
- Date: Tuesday 19 May 2015
- Time: 1400 BST
- Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (up to 60 minutes maximum if there is sufficient demand for an extended Q&A
- For more information and to register, please visit http://www.uksg.org/webinars/oapolicies