Celebrating Open Access Week 2017

OAlogo23-29 October 2017 is Open Access week, celebrating how access to research increases visibility, impact, and knowledge for use by anyone, everywhere. Librarians, researchers, publishers, and students around the world are getting involved, including RLUK’s members. A selection of how our members are marking the week include:

UK Scholarly Communications Licence: Led by colleagues across the sector including Imperial College London, the UK-SCL aims to simplify the “policy stack” for Open Access funder compliance, and help researchers retain their publishing rights. The website has launched today with information and news about the licence and model policy ahead of the first participating institutions going live in 2018.

Cambridge University Library makes Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis available: With permission from Professor Hawking, the library has digitised and made available the most frequently requested item in the University’s repository. The Guardian reports that Professor Hawking hopes it will encourage other researchers to make their work openly available. A new requirement that all graduating doctoral students at the university make available a digital version of their thesis for preservation was also announced.

University of Sheffield Library: Has compiled a helpful guide to finding Open Access resources, including tools to locate open versions of articles such as Unpaywall and Open Access Button.

Untangling Academic Publishing launch: St Andrews University Library will host the Scottish launch of the briefing paper ‘Untangling Academic Publishing’, that explains some of the biggest changes in academic publishing over the last 60 years with Aileen Fyfe, the paper’s lead author.

For more information on events going on around the UK, and around the world, visit the Open Access Week website.

Fiona Bradley
Deputy Executive Director, RLUK

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