FET fund for open access publishing launched

architecture-buildings-business-331990On 1st August, FET launched an open access fund for their researchers. This allows UWE  Bristol authors of high quality articles to apply for funding to make their work immediately open access on publication via the journal’s website (gold open access).

If you wish to publish an article in an open access journal, the first step is to find out about the reputation of the journal and the likely cost of publishing. It is advisable to seek out the highest quality journal that you think will accept your work. There is more advice on the library research support webpages.

Having decided on the journal and submitted your article, you should apply to the Library for funding before a decision is made about acceptance. Having an article already accepted for publication is not sufficient reason for the University to fund publication.

For more information about this scheme contact lib.rke@uwe.ac.uk.

To see all the options for open access publishing at UWE Bristol, check our infographic.


Photo by Kaique Rocha from Pexels

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Preserving your data – guidance for funded researchers

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Researchers who receive funding from a UK Research Council or other funder are (hopefully) already aware of the open access publishing requirements for the outputs that result from a grant.

Many funders also have research data preservation policies – these vary from funder to funder and state what must be done with the production of data management plans, metadata, and storage of the data generated from a project.

The Library Research Support Team have guidance on complying with different funder policies on the Library webpages. Where funders require data to be made openly available or preserved we offer the Research Data Repository for UWE Bristol researchers to use. Similar to the Research Repository which is for archiving outputs, the Research Data Repository is for the archiving of research datasets.

For more information about using the Data Repository or data policies, contact the team.


Image: “Data” by Daniel Lobo is licensed under CC BY 2.0

How to deposit – video guides now available

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There are now three new and updated video guides for depositing research and data in the UWE Repositories. Each video is less than four-and-a-half minutes long and shows how to deposit a paper or dataset from start to finish.

You can see how to deposit a dataset in the UWE Research Data Repository in one of the videos.

For the Research Repository there is a full video guide to manually adding your work as well as a quick deposit guide for importing articles using a DOI number.

We hope that they will be a helpful guide for both new and existing staff alike.


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Librarians on Tour – Erasmus week in Dublin

On tour

In mid-June I (Jane) was lucky enough to attend the Erasmus library staff mobility week in Dublin. A group of academic librarians from across Europe, got together to talk about various library activities in their home institutions.

Each attendee was required to give a short presentation on their chosen theme. This resulted in some great discussions. My presentation, Customer service and the Future Library at the University of the West of England is available on the Research Repository.

A real bonus of the week was getting to visit some fantastic libraries in and around Dublin as each theme was hosted at a different institution. Here are some pictures from the visit where you can see a wide range of libraries!

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Meeting with new starters

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New starters at UWE Bristol who are involved in research will receive a welcome email from the Library Research Support team. The email includes a link to our short animated video, guidance on how to comply with the REF policy, and links to useful pages on the library site for researchers.

The email will also include an invitation to meet up for a chat about your research needs and how the team can support them.

If you are an existing member of staff and would like to arrange a chat or a training session, please contact the team. We are happy to travel to any UWE campuses and are easily contacted by phone or email for more immediate help.


Photo by Karolina Szczur on Unsplash

Publisher offset deals for gold open access

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The gold route to open access requires authors to pay an article processing charge (APC) to a publisher upon acceptance of their article, allowing the publisher to make the article freely available for anyone to read under a creative commons license.

The library manages a series of offset deals with certain publishers which allow UWE Bristol researchers to publish their work through the gold route to open access with reduced (or free!) APCs.

  • Taylor and Francis have a voucher scheme, entitling UWE Bristol authors to a limited number of discounted APCs.
  • Springer allows UWE Bristol authors to have their articles made open access in their hybrid journals, without payment of an additional publication fee.  A full list of eligible journals can be found on the Springer Open Choice webpage.
  • Sage offers UWE Bristol authors a discounted APC of £200 (from SAGE Choice Scheme) in their hybrid journals.
  • Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) offers UWE Bristol authors free open access publishing in their hosted journals. OLH is funded through a model of library partnership subsidies of which UWE Bristol is a member.

If you are planning to publish with any of these publishers (or you are considering where to publish your next article) you can find more information about applying for these deals on the library website.


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Librarians on Tour – Exeter Central Library

On tour

In mid-May, I (Anna) was lucky enough to re-visit my hometown and child-hood library, Exeter Central Library. This time though, I wasn’t running up the circle-slope outside the library, hunting through the children’s books, or playing on the rocking horse. Instead, I was attending an Introduction to Grant seeking course run by SWRLS and led by Bill Bruty (a professional fundraiser).

I got to see Exeter Central Library from a very different perspective – enjoying the very open, window-filled conference room; getting a chance to read the displays, and letters home, from Indians who fought in the world wars; enjoying the way that bay ends had recognisable photos of the local area; and taking a quick peek at the FabLab (where members of the public can design their own products, including the use of a 3D printer).