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.
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.
During May 2015 updates to SHERPA Services included the addition of policy information on the US Department of Energy and Arthritis Research UK to SHERPA JULIET. The number of publishers included in SHERPA RoMEO is now 1837; updates included the major changes to policy and policy URLs for Elsevier.
The CRC is pleased to announce that a Dutch language version of its SHERPA/RoMEO database is now available at: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/?la=nl The RoMEO interface has already been translated into Dutch, and our Dutch partners* at Saxion, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen and Hogeschool Utrecht are in the process of translating the publishers’ policy data. We are grateful to our colleagues from the Netherlands for translating the original English into Dutch.
Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian versions of RoMEO were released in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively, and SHERPA is working on further language versions for release in the future. Please contact us if you are interested in any specific languages and would like to help with translations.
* Project contacts: CRC, University of Nottingham; Sarah Coombs, Saxion; Maarten Hekman, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen; and Dick Vestdijk, Hogeschool Utrecht.
Updates to SHERPA Services in March 2015 bring the number of publishers included in SHERPA RoMEO to 1,822, while SHERPA JULIET was updated to provide policy information on 148 funders. The new Funding Agencies added are: NASA, the Wikimedia Foundation, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Science Foundation, the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Following on from the recent Jisc Digifest conference, Neil Jacobs (Head of Scholarly Communications Support within Jisc), has blogged on Jisc plans for OA services. The blog post includes a helpful graphic (below) that Neil has used to summarise the services that Jisc either currently offer or are developing. These services are then mapped to a typical journal article lifecycle from submission, through acceptance and publication, to use.
Several 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.
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.
SHERPA RoMEO provides information on publishers’ copyright contracts, as an advisory service for academic authors wishing to archive their work on line. Updates during February 2015 bring the number of publishers included in the service to 1,812.
SHERPA JULIET provides information on funders’ open access policies, as an advisory service for academic researchers wishing to check the requirements of their grants. Policy information for 141 funders is now available.