Open Access Week 2017

It’s Open Access Week, and to mark the occasion we’re running a host of events across the week plus a competition to win some great prizes.

The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open in order to…”. This theme is designed to be an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realised by making scholarly outputs openly available.

There are three ways you can get involved this week:

International Open Access Week Webinars

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For this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics. During the week of October 24th-30th, join them at lunchtime (12pm) each day for key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, especially as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond.

The first two webinars are particularly recommended to Loughborough researchers:

  • MONDAY 24th: “The fundamentals of Open Science”, on key introductory themes in Open Science, with Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE, University of Goettingen), Paola Masuzzo (Ghent University) and Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg University).
  • TUESDAY 25th: “H2020 Open Access mandate for project coordinators and researchers”, on Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020, with Eloy Rodrigues and Pedro Principe (University of Minho).

To participate in any (or all) of these webinars, please register here: https://goo.gl/HIcpJT

For further information, visit:

https://www.openaire.eu/openaire-celebrates-open-access-week-16

Summer Elevenses Are Back!

IMG_0044The University Library invite academics, research staff and PGRs to join them for a coffee/tea over the summer from 11-11.30am each Wednesday from 27th July to 17th August. 

Each week in Graduate House, you will have the opportunity to learn more about a research related topic, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. This year we have built the topics around the theme of scholarly communication. Experts from the Library, Research Office and Civil and Building Engineering will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

This year’s topics are:

Please click on the links above to find out more and to book.

We look forward to seeing you there!

20,000 Items Under the Repository!

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Dr Papathomas is pictured receiving his prize from Professor Steve Rothberg, PVC Research and the University Librarian, Emma Walton.

The 20,000th item has been added to Loughborough’s Institutional Repository by Dr Anthony Papathomas, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Dr Papthomas has thirteen papers and his PhD thesis in the Institutional Repository. The winning submission, co-authored with Brett M. Smith and David Lavallee, is available on the Repository here.

The Institutional Repository, based here in the Library, ensures that Loughborough University’s research output is visible to the wider research community, increasing its impact and citation rates. It also assists authors in complying with funder Open Access requirements for their papers, including those of the RCUK and HEFCE. It contains a range of items including full-text journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, official reports, PhD theses and audio-visual material.

For further assistance with submitting papers for inclusion in the Institutional Repository, please contact us in the Library on 01509 222338 / 222414 or email repository@lboro.ac.uk

Open Access PGR Session – Why Is OA Important To Me?

OAlogo-264x95 The Open Access publishing movement has been growing in influence in the scholarly communications’ process in the UK for a number of years.  As many funders (e.g. HEFCE, RCUK, EU, Wellcome) and universities now mandate publishing using an open access route for certain publication types, it is becoming impossible to ignore it if you are wanting a career in academia. If you are a PGR and unware of the issues, come along to the next workshop on ‘Open Access – why is it important to me?’, next Thursday, 5th May?

This session will explain what open access is and how it impacts on your research practice and dissemination. By the end of it, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the drivers behind the open access publishing movement
  • Identify the two main routes to open access (green and gold)
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of publishing via the open access routes
  • Identify the key aspects of effective file management
  • Recognise how open access can benefit you as disseminators and consumers of research outputs
  • Identify the tools for open access at Loughborough University (LUPIN and the Institutional Repository)
  • Identify where to go for help and support at Loughborough
  • Meet and network with other PGR students from across campus

This session is being run on Thursday 5th May, between 9.30-11.00am, in the Graduate House. It is especially recommended for all mid-career and experienced postgraduate research students and relates to the Researcher Development Framework’s Domain D2 – Communication and dissemination.

Click here to log into Learn to book on this workshop:  http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/mod/booking/view.php?id=376097

Summer Elevenses in the Library

IMG_0044We’re running another series of our popular Elevenses range of bite-sized training sessions for staff and post graduates in the Library this summer.

This the schedule for the weeks ahead (click on the link for more information and booking details):

During these sessions you will have the opportunity to learn more about the research related topic listed above, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. Experts from the Library, Careers and Employability Centre and Research Office will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

All the sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room 1 and start at 11am, and will last approximately half an hour. Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Refreshments will be provided.

Open Access Week Webinars 20th-23rd October

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Next week is Open Access Week, and to mark the occasion OpenAIRE are running a series of free-to-access webinars on the subject.

  • Monday, October 20 : OpenAIRE portal, by Katerina Iatropoulou (NKUA)
  • Tuesday, October 21 : Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot by Sarah Jones (HATII, DCC) (in collaboration with FOSTER)
  • Wednesday, October 22 : Horizon 2020 Open Access to Publications Mandate by Eloy Rodrigues (UMinho) (in collaboration with FOSTER)
  • Thursday, October 23 : Zenodo by Lars Holm Nielsen (CERN)

Each webinar lasts 1 hour and are all held at: 15.00 – 16.00 CEST (13.00 – 14.00 UTC/ 14.00 – 15.00 WEST/ 16.00 – 17.00 EEST.) To find out more, and to register, visit the following link:

https://www.openaire.eu/news-events/oaw14-openaireplus-webinar

Now in its seventh year, Open Access Week promotes the availability of free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as required. Such freely available access to information is regarded as vitally necessary, having direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

The Library has already taken positive steps towards Open Access through our Institutional Repository, which increases the visibility of Loughborough’s research while digitally preserving the University’s intellectual output.

And if you have any queries or issues regarding the IR or Open Access, our team of  Academic Librarians are on hand to help. Why not drop them a line?

New HEFCE Policy on Open Access Announced

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HEFCE and the other three UK funding bodies have just published details of a new policy for Open Access relating to future research assessments after the current 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for 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. This new policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

Complete details of the policy can be found on the HEFCE website here.

The Library and Research Office will be working together to decide how to implement the policy across campus, and we’ll keep you up to date with further developments. In the mean time, you can find more information about our present OA policy via our Open Access pages on our website here.

Celebrating Open Access Week – Taylor & Francis APC giveaway

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To celebrate Open Access Week (21st-27th October) Taylor & Francis are currently waiving APCs (Article Processing Charges) for authors submitting papers for publication in the following Open Access journals:

Coevolution
Complex Metals
Development Studies Research
Economics and Finance Research
Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials
Journal of Organic Semiconductors
Nanoscience Methods
Production and Manufacturing Research
Systems Science & Control Engineering
Urban, Planning and Transport Research

Papers submitted to these journals from 21st October until 20th November will be able to publish on an Open Access basis free of charge. For further details of this offer please click on this link.

For more information on Open Access please visit the Library web pages at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/research/openaccess/

International Open Access Week – Going for Gold!

 

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This week is International Open Access Week! If you’re planning on publishing a journal paper soon, the Library has brokered some fantastic Open Access deals that you can get your hands on.  

As you’ve no doubt heard, the outputs from all RCUK-funded research now needs to be available on Open Access.  If you choose to publish your paper in a journal offering an Open Access option (called ‘Gold Open Access’), there is usually a fee involved (called an ‘Article Processing Charge (APC)’).  However, the Library has signed up to some deals with certain publishers, including Elsevier, Sage, and Wiley that could make publishing your journal paper that much cheaper.  This can vary from being completely free, to a 15% discount on the APC.

For further details visit the Library’s Open Access Discounts web page.  You’ll need to sign in with your University username and password. 

And for further information of events during Open Access Week, click on this link, or for any other information about Open Access, contact your Academic Librarian or one of the Institutional Repository Managers.