Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

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: ]

Launch open access journal on research data

Monday, October 26th, 2015

“[On] October 20th DANS (Data Archiving and networked Services) and publishing house Brill launch a new, peer-reviewed, open access and online-only journal data: Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences.”

“The Research Data Journal is a digital-only open access journal, and contains short publications (data papers) in which researchers make a description of their dataset. Data papers are scholarly publications of medium length containing a non-technical description of a data set and putting the data in a research context. Each paper gets a persistent identifier providing publication credits to the author.”

“The journal concentrates on the social sciences and the humanities, covering history, archaeology, language and literature in particular. The publication languages are English and Dutch.”

To access the journal go to:

[Source Openaire website: ]

2014-2015 PLOS Progress Update Available

Monday, October 26th, 2015

“Each year PLOS (Public Library of Science) releases a Progress Update, an annual overview of innovations, activities and journal highlights that provide insight into how the organization is moving scientific communication and discovery forward.”

“This year topics include:

  • Transparent and Continual Assessment Advances Science
  • One PLOS Many Communities
  • Metrics Enhancements Improve Assessment
  • Standards Enable Reproducibility
  • Resources Foster Early Career Researchers
  • Open Access Advances Science
  • Curated Content Accelerates Discovery
  • Journal Highlights”

“Today’s scientific communication landscape is rapidly evolving. Advances in technologies offer opportunities to alter the way people work, communicate and share knowledge, with the global community accessing scientific content and exchanging information and ideas faster and in more diverse places than ever before. In addition, governments and funders are releasing policies that mandate the research they fund be published Open Access, setting the stage for the acceleration of scientific discovery and innovation.”

“But challenges remain. Scientific communication is far from its ideal and PLOS is striving to establish new standards and expectations for scholarly communication. These include a faster and more efficient publication experience, more transparent peer review, assessment though the lifetime of a work, better recognition of the range of contributions made by collaborators and placing researchers and their communities back at the center of scientific communication.”

To learn more about the organization’s efforts on continual assessment, communities and journal highlights, access the 2014-2015 PLOS Progress Update:

[Source PLOS blog: ]