Why ‘open’ benefits readers and scholars worldwide

For our third Open Access Week blog post, we consider why open access needs to be global and highlight some research from the Business School.

a female figure reads a book as the sun sets

With the theme of ‘Open for Climate Justice’, this year’s International Open Access Week invites us to collaborate, making connections between the climate movement and communities of research users (universities, practitioners, policy makers, members of the public) worldwide.

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‘Open for climate justice’ – Open Access papers authored by researchers in Biology

For our second Open Access Week blog post, we look at the University department doing the most research on Climate Action – Biology.

Poster for Open Access Week. The open padlock icon is overlaid on a photo of a beach strewn with litter.

As we explained yesterday, open access makes new research and data available to a wider audience, particularly those who have less or no access to traditional subscription journals. It can increase the citation counts and impact of research papers as scholarship gets disseminated more widely and reaches more readers.

International Open Access Week celebrates open access and draws awareness to the work taking place. This year it takes place from 24 – 30 October with the theme ‘Open for Climate Justice’.

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Celebrate International Open Access Week!

When? – October 24-30

open access logo with open padlock

What do we mean by ‘Open Access’?

Open Access is the practice of making scholarly research and literature – available, online, to everyone – for free!

Reading and sharing information freely and fairly can transform the way research and scientific inquiry is conducted. Having positive, direct and widespread implications for society, academia, medicine, science and industry.

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Add datasets to your Pure profile

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.

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How do our read and publish deals work?

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!”.

different kinds of open access. A summary explaining green, gold, and diamond open access is shown.
Types of open access illustrated through biscuits and cakes
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Elsevier ScienceDirect open access agreement launched

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]

This post concludes a series of earlier updates on the negotiation which can be found here: https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/2021/10/18/elsevier-sciencedirect-negotiations/