Open Access Week: Wrap-up

This is our final post for Open Access Week 2017, and we’re using it as a bit of a wrap-up to go over our activities this week.

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Unfortunately we did not get cake. We will have to address this next year!

On Monday we published our new Open Access Benefits poster, which highlights all the benefits that publishing your work open access brings to the author, journal, and readers.

On Tuesday we recounted the story of one UWE Bristol academic who generated huge buzz around her project and reached social work practitioners by publishing her article open access.

On Wednesday we showed you what the most downloaded works from the Research Repository were for each faculty – all of which could not be accessed by so many readers if they were only hidden behind paywalls.

And yesterday we showed you a really interesting opinion piece from an Early Career Researcher about why they believed that open research was so important.

We’ve also been busy on Twitter, using #OAWeek (or #OAWeek17 or #OAWeek2017 on Monday) and #openaccess to talk about open access topics.

We’ll leave you with a comment from Professor Martin Eve, which originally concluded the first event in our Open Research Series.

You don’t know your audience sometimes. I really get quite cross when people tell me “there’s no audience for my work” or “everyone who needs to know about this gets to know about it because I’ve published it in this top journal.” I get letters, emails from people, saying “I’ve just read your article on Theoretical Aspects of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and it was really interesting to me, I just had a university education.” Out of the blue someone wrote to me “I don’t have access to these other journals but I read this because it was openly available, I thought it was really great. I’ve had a lot to drink, its 2 AM, thanks a lot.” [Laughter] I mean, there’s a humorous side to it that makes me smile whenever I get them, but on the other hand…especially in my field I’m writing about human culture and literatures – what’s the point of doing that if the people who read literature can’t read it? We’re just talking to ourselves the whole time.

Happy Open Access Week everyone – now let’s start thinking about #OAWeek2018!


Image: “Open Access Week 2013” by SLUB Dresden is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Open Access Week: Open research – what’s in it for you?

The benefits of open access for the public good are well documented. The increasingly educated public should be able to access the research that they have paid for through taxation and various funders, such as RCUK mandate this.

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Why open access by Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown, under a CC-BY license

However, is there any real advantage for researchers?  Laurent Gatto (2017) gives his view, as an early career researcher, on why research should be open wherever possible. He argues that open scholarship is “not only the right thing to do, but is also the best thing to do”. He explains that open access articles really do get more citations and making your data open facilitates reproducible research, which enables the continuity of your work and build reputation.

Check out the full blog post, and links to other useful articles, at:

Gatto, L. (2017) An early career researcher’s view on modern and open scholarship. Laurent Gatto [blog]. September. Available from: https://lgatto.github.io/EPFL-open-science/ [Accessed 17 October 2017].

Open Access Week: Faculty number 1s

As part of Open Access Week we took a look at the most downloaded items of all time (aka March 2010 when the Research Repository was established to October 2017) for the four faculties at UWE Bristol – Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE). Business and Law (FBL), Environment and Technology (FET), and Health and Applied Sciences (HAS). All figures are correct as of 23 October 2017.

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ACE –  The sociology of education is a book section. It is otherwise only available to read by purchasing the book, or by borrowing from a library with a copy. It is the second most downloaded item on the Research Repository, and has been accessed by readers from the UK, USA, Germany, Zambia, and India (among others.)

FBL – The ‘work group’: Redressing the balance in Bion’s Experiences in Groups is a journal article published in the journal Human Relations. The article is otherwise only available to read if the reader’s institution is subscribed to the journal.

FET – A health map for the local human habitat is a journal article published in The Journal for the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, and has been referenced in two policy documents.

HAS – Using thematic analysis in psychology is without question the ‘big daddy’ of the Research Repository, having been downloaded almost twice as many times as the other nineteen items in the all time top twenty combined.* It also has 14,700 citations in Scopus and is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

By being made available through green open access on the Research Repository, all of these researchers have allowed people from across the globe to access and use their research without the need for an institutional affiliation or prohibitively expensive subscriptions.


*The other nineteen items in the top twenty have been downloaded 271,538 times combined as of 23 October 2017.

Open Access Week: Benefits poster

What are the benefits of open access?

When it comes to deciding where to publish your research outputs, one of the questions you will need to ask yourself is “Do I want to publish my research in an open access journal, or in a traditional subscription journal?” Although you might have to pay a greater initial up-front cost, publishing your article in an open access journal has many benefits. These benefits are highlighted in the poster below – click on the poster to view it at a larger size!

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Open research series

In case you missed the open research series organised by the Research Support team in January, you can catch the recordings from the events at the links below:

  1. Open access: It’s real and it’s happening now
  2. Open access: It’s legal and it’s good to be involved!
  3. The path to data sharing: How open can I go?

Each session focused on different area of open access and was delivered by a variety of speakers.

Open access: It’s real and it’s happening now includes a talk from Professor Martin Eve, co-founder and CEO of the Open Library of Humanities, who speaks about where open access is coming from and where it can be going. This is followed by a discussion about researcher experiences of open access, featuring research staff from UWE Bristol.

Open access: It’s legal and it’s good to be involved! was delivered by several members of the library team. We give an overview of open access, a behind the scenes look at the Research Repository, an overview of creative commons licenses, and more information about the green and gold routes of publishing, the dangers of ResearchGate, funder requirements, and ORCiD.

The path to data sharing: How open can I go? features a talk from Professor Felix Ritchie about open data and the 5 safes framework. The session also covers research governance, data management plans, and the support available for data management at UWE Bristol.


Image used – “Open Sign” by Chip Griffin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Copyright infringement on ResearchGate

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.

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Rewind: Open Access Week 2016 – Gold or Green?

Green or gold piktochart posterRewind is a series where we re-post useful or interesting information from our previous blog.

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.