Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

Open Book publishers

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

“At Open Book Publishers we are changing the nature of the traditional academic book. Our books are published in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via our website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere. We are proud to say that our free online books are currently being accessed by over 20,000 readers each month in more than 200 countries.”

“In addition, our digital publishing model allows us to extend our books well beyond the printed page. We are creating interactive books, and works that incorporate moving images, links and sound into the fabric of the text. More traditional titles are equipped with digital resources freely available on our website, including extra chapters, reviews, links and image galleries — these can be found on the individual product page for each book.”

“Open Book Publishers, founded in 2008, is already the biggest open access academic publisher of monographs in the UK and amongst the leaders in the English-speaking world. We are now the hub of choice for a rapidly increasing international network of scholars who believe that it is time for academic publishing to become fairer, faster and more accessible.”

To access the resource go to the Database A-Z listing on the MMU Library website:

[Source Open Book publisher’s website: ]

Johnson says UK will pursue gold open access

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

“Universities and science minister Jo Johnson has said that the UK should continue to pursue the gold open-access route ‘where this is realistic and affordable’.”

“Johnson’s comments were made in response to a review of the government’s open-access policies, published on 11 February, which did not recommend any substantial changes to open-access policies in the UK. The review, commissioned by Johnson and carried out by Adam Tickell, chairman of Universities UK’s Open Access Co-ordination Group, said, ‘Gold should still be the preference, but green routes are also important.’ This was in contrast to the influential Finch report, published in 2012, which recommended a strong preference for gold open-access routes.”

“In the report, Tickell said that by April 2017 almost all journal articles published by UK university academics would be available under open-access routes, and estimated that of these 20 per cent will available on the date of publication and without any further restrictions. Such figures are ‘higher than anywhere else in the world’, the report said. This progress, it continued, has been stimulated by clear mandates, and in some cases, financial support from the research councils, the funding councils and major charitable funders. Although Tickell did not recommend major changes, his report set out some suggestions for minor ones. He said that UK open-access policy should strive to offer greater choice to research producers.”

The review and the Minister’s response can be found here:

[Source Research Professional news:  ]

10 years of Open Access at the Wellcome Trust in 10 numbers

Monday, November 9th, 2015

“In October 2005 the Wellcome Trust became the first research funder to introduce a mandatory Open Access policy – requiring that all research outputs which arise from its funding must be made open access as soon as possible and in any event within six months of publication. To celebrate 10 years of open access at the Trust, Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library – who has been instrumental in the implementation of this policy over the last decade – provides his personal assessment of key developments in 10 numbers…”

Some of the numbers are:

  • 157 – the number of research funders who now have an open access policy
  • £31m – the amount the Wellcome Trust has spent on open access publishing (so far!)
  • 3,411,755 – the number of free-to-read papers in Europe PubMed Central
  • 20% – the volume of UK-funded research which is freely available at the time of publication
  • 100,000 – the number of views of the Homo naledi article within the first two days of publication in eLife

To read the stories behind these numbers, and find out what the others are, go to:

[Source Wellcome Trust blog as above]

UK researchers will now benefit from innovative open access agreement between Springer and Jisc

Monday, November 9th, 2015

“Researchers in the UK will [now] be able to publish their articles open access in over 1,600 Springer hybrid journals without cost barriers or administrative barriers. The Springer Compact agreement is a pilot that combines open access publishing and subscription access in one annual fee and will run from October 2015 until December 2018.”

“The transformative agreement between Springer and Jisc will make it easier for UK researchers to publish open access and ensure that that all articles published comply with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), Research Councils UK (RCUK)’s open access policy and the policies of other major funders such as the Charity Open Access Fund. At the same time, for institutions, the total cost as well as the administrative burden of open access publishing and continuing access to the 2,000 Springer subscription journals are significantly reduced.”

“Over the lifetime of the deal, Jisc and Springer will continue to monitor and evaluate the arrangement to ensure that it continues to meet UK higher education institutions’ needs and funding compliance requirements as the open access environment evolves.”

[Source Jisc news: ]

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks)

Monday, October 26th, 2015

“The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of Open Access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation.”

To find out more go to:

[Source OAPEN as above]


Open Library of the Humanities

Monday, October 26th, 2015

“The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.”

“The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal.”

To find out more go to:

[Source Open Library of the Humanities as above]

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)

Monday, October 26th, 2015

BASE, operated by Bielefeld University Library, “is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources.”

“BASE provides more than 70 million documents from more than 3,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 70% of the indexed documents. The index is continuously enhanced by integrating further OAI sources as well as local sources.”

To access BASE go to:

[Source BASE as above]

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

Monday, October 26th, 2015

“The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact.”

To access the directory go to:

[Source Directory of Open Access Books as above]

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Monday, October 26th, 2015

“DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.”

To access the directory go to:

[Source Directory of Open Access Journals as above]

Guide to OA monograph publishing

Monday, October 26th, 2015

“[The OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks)] Guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social science researchers… has been produced to assist arts, humanities and social sciences researchers in understanding the state of play with regards to open access in the UK and what it means to them as current and future authors of scholarly monographs.”

The guide can be accessed at:

[Source OAPEN-UK website: ]