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Open Access Week: Full open access – a change of scenery

In our fifth and final blog for Open Access Week, Natalia Tsiva, Research Library Advisor, provides an overview of full open access publishing, outlines what fully open access journals and platforms are, what are their advantages for authors and the public and how Plan S is going to change this publishing model from 1 January 2021.  On 4 September 2018, 11 national research funding organisations, with …

Open Access Week: Journal publishing: transformed by agreement

In the fourth of our daily blogs for Open Access Week, Senior Research Librarian Tony Simmonds explores new models to enable publishing in journals.  Pay to read or pay to publish? That is the question that’s ruffling the normally composed arena of scholarly communications.  Slowly, publisher by publisher, new articles by Nottingham authors are appearing by virtue of a novel business model. Steered by the determination …

Open Access Week: Open Access Book Publishing

In our third post for Open Access Week, the University of Nottingham Libraries Research Support team guide you through the knowns and unknowns of Open Access (OA) book publishing.  After years of major changes to the scholarly publishing landscape where the availability of free-to-read research articles and journals has increased dramatically, it may appear that academic books have been an afterthought. When we consider books and long-form publication more broadly, we include monographs, …

Open Access Week: Retain copyright, free ideas! 

In the second of our daily blogs for Open Access Week, Senior Research Librarian Tony Simmonds describes how copyright is moving centre stage for researchers. Do your eyes glaze over when confronted with the small print of another publishing contract? You’re not alone. Terms governing copyright especially are not for dwelling on … never mind the legalese, where do I sign?!  Wellcome’s new approach Courtesy of …

Open Access Week: Wellcome Trust heralds open access policy shakeup

The first of our daily blogs for Open Access Week features the Wellcome Trust open access (OA) policy changes.  Olivia Marsh, Research Librarian, provides an overview of forthcoming Wellcome Trust policy changes, in the first of five posts exploring funder alignment with Plan S, the manifesto for accelerating the shift to open access.  From the 1 January 2021, the Wellcome Trust OA policy will look very different and this post explains some of the key changes. The overarching aim of the new OA policy is to …

Celebrating International Open Access Week 2019

Today marks the start of International Open Access Week – an annual, global event to celebrate the benefits of making access to knowledge freely available for everyone around the world. From Monday 21 – Friday 25 October, the University of Nottingham Libraries’ Research Support Team will be marking the event with a host of sessions to …

Open access milestones

2018 marked great some achievements in open access publishing for the University. Elle Malcolmson, from the Research Support Team shares more… 2000 open access funding approvals Just before Christmas 2018 a significant gold open access (OA) milestone was reached: 2000 approved applications for gold OA funding since records began in January 2015.  Making a publication …

Open Access Week 2018: Publishing open research data

Holly Ranger, Research Librarian for Research Data Management, explores open data…  When people think about ‘open access’ they tend to think about open access journal publications – but open data publication is an increasingly important part of open access to scholarly outputs. So what is open data?   In the UK, EU, and internationally, there is an increasing commitment towards transparency and reproducibility. That is, a …

Open Access Week 2018: Harry Potter and open access

Today we have a guest blog from Professor Todd Landman, Pro Vice Chancellor in the Faculty of Social Sciences , who explains how Harry Potter helped him publish an open access monograph… Between 2010 and 2013 I was Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution at the University of Essex. To establish a …

Open Access Week 2018: Co-Authoring an Open Access Textbook

In today’s post, guest blogger Chris Woodard from the Department of Philosophy, describes his experience of producing an open access textbook. In February 2014 my colleague Neil Sinclair approached me and another colleague, Isabel Gois, proposing that we collaborate in writing an electronic textbook on ethics. He had himself been approached by some members of the School …