We do not know exactly who downloads items from the Research Repository and this is how we like it. In order to get detailed user information, the Research Repository would require all users to set up an account and log in – and this is a barrier to open access.
Today’s spotlight is a composition, Mirage: A Spanish Summer by Liz Lane. In Liz’s own words:
Mirage is a reflection on a Spanish summer at various times of day. The music is an image of events which, whilst not perhaps significant in themselves, together shape a lifestyle which necessarily revolves around the supremely hot weather.
You can view the sheet music for the piece on the Research Repository, which also includes a link to a performance of the piece in 2015.
Liz Lane has over twenty compositions on the Research Repository, most of which include the full sheet music.
Today’s rewind is the second poster created for Open Access Week 2016. This poster looks at the HEFCE and RCUK open access policies and what you, the researcher, needs to do in order to comply with them. As usual, click the poster to see it at full size.
HEFCE is the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and introduced an open access policy for complying with the post-2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) in April 2016.
RCUK is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Researchers in receipt of a grant from one of the councils must comply with the open access policy.
In addition to the Research Repository for research outputs, we now have the Research Data Repository to record and preserve data that has been generated from research projects. This was originally launched to meet EPSRC expectations for research data preservation and discovery. Library services are able to offer secure, long term preservation for data which needs to be kept e.g. because it underpins a publication, and we can help create metadata records relating to preserved data. A permanent identifier is created which can be cited within resulting publications as a link to the underlying data. This is a requirement made by an increasing number of publishers and funders including EPSRC.
The Research Repository has a huge variety of research outputs in all different forms. Journal articles and conference papers are obvious candidates for the repository, but it also holds videos, artefacts, compositions, patents, books and book chapters, and many other item types.
Spotlight is a series where we highlight some of the different research outputs that have been uploaded to the Research Repository to show that it isn’t just for journal articles and to comply with the REF.
The spotlight today is Hedgewitch a short film by Liz Banks. Hedgewitch was screened at several international film festivals and was uploaded to the Research Repository in 2011. It features friendship, magic and self-acceptance all in just over eight minutes. The record also includes a video of production stills. Watch the film on the Research Repository and then try searching yourself for other creative works.
Many researchers are aware of ResearchGate, a social networking site for researchers. ResearchGate allows researchers to chat, ask and answer questions, and upload full text versions of their work.
Shockingly, a recent study has found that a huge proportion of the papers uploaded to the site infringe copyright. In a random sample of 500 English language articles, 108 were open access (published in an open access journal or had an article processing charge paid to make the published version of the article open access). Of the remaining 392 articles 51.3% infringed copyright and were non-compliant with publisher policy.
Today’s rewind is a poster originally created for Open Access Week 2016 looking at the differences between gold and green open access, and what you should do to make your work available. Click on the poster to view it at at full size.
If you have any questions about publishing via the green or gold route to open access, please contact the Research Support team for more information.