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Putting authors at the heart of open access practice

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

CRC General, Events

#OR2015 and #OR2016

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.

CRC General, Events, SHERPA/REF

Report on Getting the Rights Right webinar

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: 

Researcher’s view Diagram

Slide from Getting the Rights Right webinar 19/5/15 Bill Hubbard CC-BY

CRC General, Events, SHERPA/REF

Getting the Rights Right – or When policies collide!

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
CRC General, Events, SHERPA/REF

CRC webinar on Tuesday 19 May

The CRC is looking forward to partnering with UKSG to offer a webinar on Tuesday 19 May.  In the webinar Bill Hubbard will discuss the development of the SHERPA/REF service and other current Open Access matters. The webinar will be live, to enable audience participation, and it will also be recorded to enable registrants to watch and listen to the recording at a time more suitable to their time zone or schedule.  Registration will open in late April.

As the key organisation connecting the knowledge community of librarians, publishers, and intermediaries, UKSG offer free monthly webinars to encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication.


The CRC at #Digifest15

Digifest 2015Several members of the CRC staff attended the Jisc Digital Festival  this week.  Bill Hubbard spoke as part of the panel on Open Access: Jisc’s services to help you meet the funders’ requirements.   This session gave an overview of a key set of Jisc national services and initiatives that support institutions across the lifecycle of open access, from the submission of a paper to a journal, to its download and use, enabling universities both to support their authors and readers, and comply with relevant policies from research councils and others. Bill spoke about the benefits of the SHERPA Services, including the efficiency gains at sector level and he also discussed findings from the recent Jisc SHERPA Services Survey.

The #Digifest15 programme included a number of sessions on aspects of open access and research data; the Jisc Slideshare channel has been populated with presentations, slides and other resources from sessions have already been uploaded to the website, and recordings will be published shortly.

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Jisc SHERPA Services Survey

In January Jisc invited members of UK-CORR (the professional organisation for UK open access repository administrators and managers) to contribute to a survey to better understand how people use SHERPA Services, how they can be developed in line with user needs, and to look at options for sustainability.  The results indicate that the Services are liked, needed and valued and the level of detail provided will help shape the future of SHERPA Services.  The CRC is very grateful to those members of UK-CORR who completed the survey.