Do you have a researcher profile in Pure? If so, you can now boost your profile by adding your datasets. Here’s how…
Like journal articles, chapters, or books, a dataset is a research output in its own right and can be cited. If you choose to make them open, your datasets are best shared in a specialist research data repository like Edge Hill Figshare or Open Science Framework. However, you can now add details (e.g. title, links) of your datasets to Pure. This can build up your profile, direct traffic to your data, and make your work more discoverable and re-usable.
Edge Hill researchers (students and staff) now have many opportunities to publish their journal articles open access, including ‘gold open access’, which previously required expensive fees in most cases. Knowing which OA ‘deals’ we have though, can be confusing. Here we help you get to grips with them…
Moving our research from green to gold
People often talk about ‘gold’ or ‘green’ open access, sometimes even ‘diamond’ gets mentioned.
Lots of explanations are out there, but in the past most Edge Hill research has been made open through the green route. This means the accepted manuscript version is shared in Pure, usually after an embargo period, and the research article can be freely read that way. With gold, the article can be read immediately on the publisher website with no paywall. This is easier for readers, but the publisher usually asks for a fee, pricing most authors out. If the publisher provides this service without fees, that’s diamond open access.
If we think about it with biscuits (and why not think this way) it’s like saying, ‘Yes you can have this green Viscount biscuit for free, but you can’t eat it for a year!” Or, “You can eat this gold bar now, but you’ll have to pay £2000!”.
Jisc and UK Universities have concluded negotiations with Elsevier to agree a three-year read and publish agreement that will provide UK researchers with unlimited open access publishing across Elsevier hybrid journal titles, as well as significantly reducing total sector spend. Added to the sector’s existing read and publish agreements, this deal means that 80% of UK research can now be made open access without incurring any cost to authors.
The deal is the world’s largest open access agreement with Elsevier and is likely to affect the UK scholarly communications landscape significantly as well as set the tone for future negotiations with publishers for read and publish agreements. Further information on the new agreement can be found in this update from Jisc.
Library and Learning Services have signed up to the new agreement and we will be sharing information on how Edge Hill researchers can access the publishing benefits shortly. Questions about the new agreement can be directed to Anna Franca – [email protected]
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature across disciplines, making it a great tool for doing research. It also provides access to reliable article data, metrics and analytical tools. As well as the search function, Scopus has a powerful current awareness tool so new research in your discipline can be emailed to you at a time that suits you.
LibKey Nomad is a web browser extension that enables you to see with one-click which research articles are available open access or through Edge Hill library subscriptions. Nomad identifies the quickest way to access the full-text of an article and helps avoid paywalls.