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.
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].
You may already be familiar with the postcards produced by the Research team – we have a habit of handing them out like sweets (though unfortunately they are not as delicious and are not intended to be consumed.)
The cards are double-sided, and outline how to comply with the HEFCE open access policy on one side, and the RCUK open access policy on the other. These policies are hugely important for the next REF exercise and for ensuring you successfully meet funder requirements.
We are going to continue to hand them out wherever possible, but if you would like a card (or have an opportunity to hand out the cards to researchers) let us know and we’ll rush some over to you!
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:
- Open access: It’s real and it’s happening now
- Open access: It’s legal and it’s good to be involved!
- 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
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.