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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: 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 …

Seven Deadly Research Copyright Myths Busted

Increased open access has confronted academic authors with complex copyright matters that they might have preferred to let lie.  But myths continue to litter researchers’ understanding of copyright.  Tony Simmonds from the Libraries’ Research Support Team straightens out some of these confusions: 1. Copyright in research publications that I write belongs to me. Myth! If …

Libraries are changing: A new way to borrow books

In April, University of Nottingham Libraries will be making changes to our library system. This is part of a major project to improve student experience. Some of this is about updating the way we lend books so that it’s more in line with what students tell us they want. It’s all about: Simplifying our processes …

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: One millionth open access download at Nottingham

For Open Access Week 2018 we’ve produced an infographic showcasing how making your work open access can benefit your research and to show what we in University of Nottingham Libraries can do to help you achieve this. As you can see, the work you make open access through our repositories doesn’t need to be restricted …

Open Access Week 2018: Plan S – Radical change or not radical enough?

The first of our daily blogs for Open Access Week features the newest policy development in open access, Plan S. Beth Montague-Hellen, Senior Research Librarian for Engineering, gives first thoughts and reactions… On 4th September 2018 cOAlition S, a group of research funding agencies from across Europe, released Plan S, a set of principles around …