Open Access Policy alignment in Europe (PASTEUR4OA report)

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
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

SHERPA/REF Stakeholder Consultation report

Following the SHERPA/REF Stakeholder Consultation exercise which took place in January 2015, Research Consulting and the CRC produced a report which was subsequently presented to HEFCE, together with the Service Specifications Report, user stories and other outputs.  The CRC has always intended to make the report available under a CC-BY licence, with the permission of HEFCE, and the public version of the report is now available for download at: Research Consulting – SHERPA REF Consultation Report.


Dutch Version of SHERPA/RoMEO Released

The CRC is pleased to announce that a Dutch language version of its SHERPA/RoMEO database isDutchRoMEO now available at:  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.

JoRD, Research Data

Research data sharing: developing a stakeholder-driven model for journal policies

An early view of an article discussing the CRC-based JoRD (Journal Research Data Policy Bank) project is now online:

Sturges, P., Bamkin, M., Anders, J. H.S., Hubbard, B., Hussain, A. and Heeley, M. (2015), Research data sharing: developing a stakeholder-driven model for journal policies. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. doi: 10.1002/asi.23336

The Journal Research Data (JoRD) Project was a Jisc-funded feasibility study on the potential for a central service on journal research data policies. Conclusions of research articles depend on bodies of data that cannot be included in articles themselves, yet shared access to this data is important for reasons of both transparency and reuse. The objectives of the study included identifying the current state of journal data sharing policies and investigating stakeholders’ views and practices. The project confirmed that a large percentage of journals have no data sharing policy and that there are inconsistencies between those that are traceable. This state leaves authors unsure of whether they should share article related data and where and how to deposit those data.

In the absence of a consolidated infrastructure to share data easily, a model journal data sharing policy was developed by comparing quantitative information from analyzing existing journal data policies with qualitative data collected from stakeholders. This article summarizes and outlines the process by which the model was developed and presents the model journal data sharing policy.


RoMEO and JULIET Updates for March 2015

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.

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OA activity reflected by OpenDOAR

As an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories, OpenDOAR may sometimes reflect trends in OA activity.  For example, CRC staff have noticed an increase in the number of repositories in Turkey over the past year. This reflects both a national initiative to preserve its academic outputs launched by the Turkish Higher Education Council in 2014, and the requirement by OpenAIRE that a repository must be registered on OpenDOAR in order to be compliant.

If you are interested in exploring other repository trends, you will find the OpenDOAR charts dashboard helpful as it provides options to query a range of repository attributes.

OpenDOAR Charts dashboard


Open Access Week 2015

Earlier this month the theme of this year’s International Open Access Week was announced as Open for Collaboration.  The theme aims to highlight the ways in which collaboration both inspires and advances the Open Access movement. Open Access Week will take place from 19th – 25th October 2015.

For more information about Open Access Week, 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.