The Royal Society of Chemistry joins Jisc’s Publications Router service – Research

“The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a global publisher in chemical sciences and related fields, is now supplying full-text journal articles to Jisc’s Publications Router, which automatically delivers them into the open repositories of the UK institutions to which the authors are affiliated….”

ARL Releases Report on US Academic Member Libraries’ Open Infrastructure Expenses | STM Publishing News

“Open access (OA) and the broad sharing of research outputs has been empirically shown to accelerate scientific progress and benefit society and individuals at scale through improved health outcomes, socioeconomic mobility, and environmental well-being, to name a few. Academic research libraries, for their part, have made significant investments in opening up research and scholarship—particularly research conducted on their campuses and made available through journal subscriptions. Yet these investments are difficult to collect given their distribution across many budget lines, the lack of standardized reporting categories, and inconsistent data collection practices.

In May–June 2022 the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) surveyed its US-based academic research libraries to better understand OA expenses. The survey asked respondents to categorize expenses into six areas of investment: read-and-publish or transitional agreements, article processing charges (APC) or OA funds, non-APC-based OA publishing models, institutional repository services, OA journal hosting and publishing services, and open monographs. This ARL report provides a summary and analysis of the aggregate data from the survey, provides charts on institutional responses and averages, and discusses some outcomes and next steps….”

Ley 14/2011, de 1 de junio, de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación.

See Article 37 on open science. From Google’s English:  

“1. The public agents of the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System will promote the dissemination of the results of scientific, technological and innovation activity, and that the results of research, including scientific publications, data, codes and methodologies , are available in open access. Free and open access to the results will be promoted through the development of institutional or thematic open access repositories, own or shared.

2. Research personnel from the public sector or whose research activity is financed mainly with public funds and who choose to disseminate their research results in scientific publications, must deposit a copy of the final version accepted for publication and the data associated with them. in institutional or thematic open access repositories, simultaneously with the date of publication.

3. Beneficiaries of research, development or innovation projects financed mainly with public funds must comply at all times with the open access obligations set forth in the bases or subsidy agreements of the corresponding calls. Recipients of public aid and subsidies will ensure that they retain the necessary intellectual property rights to comply with open access requirements.

4. The results of the research available in open access may be used by the Public Administrations in their evaluation processes, including the evaluation of research merit.

5. The Ministry of Science and Innovation will facilitate access to open access repositories and their interconnection with similar national and international initiatives, promoting the development of systems that facilitate it, and will promote open science in the Spanish Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation, recognizing the value of science as a common good and following the European recommendations on open science.

In addition to open access, and always with the aim of making science more open, accessible, efficient, transparent and beneficial for society, the Ministries of Science and Innovation and of Universities, each in their field of action, as well as the Communities Autonomous within the framework of their powers, they will also promote other initiatives aimed at facilitating free access and management of the data generated by research (open data), in accordance with the international FAIR principles (easy to find, accessible, interoperable and reusable). , to develop infrastructures and open platforms, to promote the publication of scientific results in open access, and the open participation of civil society in scientific processes, as developed in article 38.

6. The foregoing will be compatible with the possibility of taking the appropriate measures to protect, prior to scientific publication, the rights over the results of the research, development and innovation activity, in accordance with national and European regulations on the subject. of intellectual and industrial property, plant varieties or business secret.”

ARL Releases Report on US Academic Member Libraries’ Open Infrastructure Expenses

In May–June 2022 the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) surveyed its US-based academic research libraries to better understand OA expenses. The survey asked respondents to categorize expenses into six areas of investment: read-and-publish or transitional agreements, article processing charges (APC) or OA funds, non-APC-based OA publishing models, institutional repository services, OA journal hosting and publishing services, and open monographs.

Open science and research | Uniarts Helsinki

“The Uniarts Helsinki Open Access policy describes the general principles of publishing. The policy applies to researchers, staff and students working at the University of the Arts Helsinki. Publications of the University of the Arts Helsinki are typically both artistic and scientific in nature.

We follow the guidelines on responsible conduct of research determined by the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) in the publishing and openness of our research results.
Uniarts Helsinki requires open access publishing when possible.
Uniarts supports publishing in Gold open access publication channels through a centralized APC fund, subject to specified criteria.
Uniarts recommends the use of Creative Commons licences in publishing text-based research outputs. If the research funder is the Academy of Finland or the European Commission, CC BY 4.0 should be used. When publishing with open licenses, the author(s) retains the copyright.
Uniarts recommends that researchers register their ORCID iD and add it to their publication data.
Uniarts requires that researchers self-archive their scientific and peer-reviewed research publications when allowed by the publisher. Uniarts recommends researchers to upload the Final Draft (Author Accepted Manuscript, AAM) or the Publisher’s PDF to Uniarts Helsinki’s institutional repository. Artistic research publications or their parts are linked to the metadata in the repository.
The author is responsible for evaluating the quality and responsibility of the publication channel they have chosen to publish in.
The theses of master’s, licentiate’s and doctoral (both scientific and artistic) degrees are published, as appropriate, in Uniarts Helsinki’s open institutional repository Taju and also for example in Research Catalogue.
Training, support and guidance is provided for open access publishing.
The progress of open access publishing is monitored at Uniarts through the strategic goals of research….”

Expanding your institutional repository: Librarians working with faculty – ScienceDirect

“Since a successful institutional repository will contain a higher percentage of the contributors’ materials, we implemented a system to upload faculty publications more effectively to our academic library’s institutional repository. This article acts as an explanation of that system, in the hopes that other scholars or libraries can implement similar systems to increase the popularity of their own institutional repositories. Our method enables a maximum level of materials inputted with minimal required effort from faculty or scholars. We utilize student workers and the resources of the institutional repository manager to get materials uploaded. The success of this method is indicated by the increase in articles that have been uploaded to our institutional repository; as a result of the implementation of this program, the number of publications in our university’s institutional repository by these authors has increased 174 %.

Publications router – populating repositories automatically – Jisc

“Find out how you can capture your researchers’ articles automatically onto your institution’s repository or CRIS, including the correct version of the full-text article and its licence, without having to find and upload them manually.”

On International Open Access Week, IBEC is launching its virtual Open Science space – Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia

“Taking advantage of the renewal of its website, IBEC has created a new virtual space dedicated to Open Science. This space is a public demonstration of IBEC’s commitment to Open Science, in accordance with its own values ??and mission, which has been realized with various initiatives and positions that the new virtual space gathers and makes visible. 

Due to its own conviction and due to the growth of the practical requirements of Open Science in the European, Spanish and Catalan research environments, the IBEC is articulating in recent years its alignment with this movement by including its principles in its own strategic plans, the approval in September 2021 of the research data management policy, the creation of an Open Science pillar with the Strategic Initiatives and Communication departments, and the incorporation of a new Knowledge Manager profile as support staff for researchers. 

These measures have made possible to carry out an internal training plan in aspects of Open Science; the improvement in the support and promotion of the publication in open access; the revision of the own research evaluation processes following the principles established in the DORA declaration; initiate the internal improvement process of research data management and facilitate its open publication, adopting the CSUC Research Data Repository (CORA), as an institutional repository; organize the didactic materials generated in the collaboration programs with the educational world, so that they are Open Educational Resources; development of citizen science projects and days for patients, or the reformulation of the Commission for Research Integrity which explicitly adds among its attributions monitoring the deployment of the Open Science strategy at IBEC; etc. …”

Conference Program | Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) | Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, The George Washington University

“In February 2021 a group of medical librarians from institutions and hospitals around the United States began putting together the inaugural Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium which was held on November 17, 2021. The goal of this event was to gather together IR practitioners and those with an interest in IRs at hospitals, academic medical centers, and other health settings for discussions and sharing of case studies and best practices for digital archiving of institutional content.

The inaugural symposium consisted of 31 presentations including a keynote presentation by Kathryn Funk, Program Manager, PubMed Central, National Library of Medicine entitled “A CAPTivating Future for Repositories: The vital need for curation, access, preservation, and transparency in scientific communications.” Over 230 people attended the 2021 symposium.

The second annual event will take place on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 and will feature a keynote by Dr. Lisa Federer, NLM Data Science and Open Science Librarian entitled “The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy: Roles and Opportunities for Libraries and Institutional Repositories”. ”

Institutional Repository Librarian (222707)

“OU Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and highly motivated individual to serve as OU’s Institutional Repository Librarian of SHAREOK, the joint institutional repository for OU, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Central Oklahoma. SHAREOK is hosted by OU Libraries, and it currently contains more than 80,000 items, encompassing faculty and staff publications, student works, open educational resources, research datasets, and more. Successful candidates will have a strong understanding of project management responsibilities related to digital repositories, digital asset management systems, or similar digital initiatives as well as knowledge of the scholarly publishing life cycle. This position develops, implements, and assesses policies, workflows, and documentation to streamline the mediated deposit of faculty, staff, and student scholarship in SHAREOK and improve the user experience, in collaboration with colleagues. Reporting to the Director of Open Initiatives and Scholarly Communication within OU Libraries, the Institutional Repository Librarian will be integral to increasing awareness and uptake of SHAREOK as a self-archiving tool, thereby broadening access to the research output of OU….”

Strategic Vision for US Repositories FINAL – Google Docs

“An interoperable network of repositories is an essential component of our national research infrastructure, offering rapid and open access to research, and plays a crucial role in collective efforts to transform global research communications, leading to a more open, inclusive, and equitable system.

Repositories are key institutional tools that ensure access to and reuse of valuable research outputs. They support preservation; facilitate reproducibility of research, research assessment, and compliance workflows; afford new opportunities for publishing; and increase individual and institutional visibility. By enabling rapid and open access to research outputs, repositories accelerate the pace of scholarship and the social impact of research for the public good.

Acting collectively, repository hosts can leverage their power to strengthen repositories and interact with other types of services, adding value and leading to significant innovation in the landscape….”

DCN is Ready to Support Policies Resulting from OSTP Public Access Memo? – Data Curation Network

“The Data Curation Network (DCN) whole-heartedly applauds the recent Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo, Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research, which recommends federal funding agencies to develop policies for grant recipients that eliminates the 12-month embargo on publications and strengthens the requirements for research data management and sharing. This updated policy will greatly benefit the US public by accelerating new discoveries and increasing the impact of research on society. It will also bring the US in line with other regions such as Europe and Latin America, who have already adopted zero embargo policies.

As an organization whose membership includes university-based repositories (institutional repositories), the DCN welcomes this new guidance. It aligns with our mission to advance open research by making data more ethical, reusable, and understandable through  widespread adoption of good practices in repository management and curation. This includes the use of persistent identifiers (PIDs) (such as digital object identifiers) for research outputs, and long term preservation of datasets, publications and pre-prints, and other scholarly outputs.

In support of this encouraging and exciting news, the DCN would like to highlight the role  of institutional repositories (IRs) in enabling these new requirements: …”

Needs for mobile-responsive institutional open access digital repositories | Emerald Insight

Abstract:  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to promote mobile-responsive and agile institutional open-access digital repositories. This paper provided an x-ray of the tilted research approach to open access (OA). Most underlying causes that inhibit OA, such as lack of mobile-friendly user interfaces, infrastructure development and digital divides, are not sufficiently addressed. This paper also indicated that academic libraries over-relied on open-source software and institutional repository, but most institutional repositories are merely “dumping sites” due to how information is classified and indexed.


This paper adopted meta-analysis by mining data sets from databases and provided thematic clustering of its content analysis through network visualisation to juxtapose the existing research gaps and lack of mobile-first insights needed to provide open-access information to the library’s users to consume information via mobile platforms. The retrieved dataset was discussed in tandem with the literature and the author’s insights into systems librarianship knowledge.


The library and information science (LIS) has not addressed how the academics could escape the pay-for-play cost, which was an exclusion tactic to disenfranchise emerging scholars and those without sufficient financial resources to choose between visibility, citation or publishing their outputs in journals without the possibility of citations, which is very important to their academic advancements. The LIS must shift its paradigm from mere talking about OA by producing graduates with the requisite skill to design, develop and host platforms that could enhance indexing and citations and import references. The current design of the institutional repository could be enhanced and promote easy navigation through mobile devices. Thereby taking into accounts internet bandwidth and digital divide, which still hinders accessibility of online resources.

Research limitations/implications

This paper covered research within the LIS fields, and other outputs from other disciplines on OA were not included.

Practical implications

This paper showed the gaps that existed within the LIS campaign on OA, the research focuses of the LIS scholars/research librarians and the needed practical solution for the academic libraries to move beyond OA campaign and reconfigure institutional repository, not as dumping sites, but as infrastructure to host peer-reviewed journals.

Open access research repositories provide diversity and innovation publishers can’t match. They have a critical role in archiving, preserving and sharing the diverse content produced by universities. | Plan S

“Where there is a lack of consensus is in how open access should be achieved. The majority of governments, international bodies such as UNESCO, institutions, researchers, and publishers along with groups such as Open Access Australasia (the group I work for), and prominent international organisations such as COAR and SPARC are committed to a diverse ecosystem of open publishing supported through a variety of means, nicely summed up in the phrase “bibliodiversity”.

Yet a minority of commercial publishers, especially and most recently articulated by Springer Nature’s Steven Inchcoombe insist that the only route to open access should be through journals, and not just any journals, but specifically hybrid journals, which of course are the journals that make up the bulk of the journals that Springer Nature and other large publishers still rely on for revenue….

The consolidation of infrastructure and services that underpin scholarly communication is perhaps even more alarming. Whereas journals changing hands does not generally lead to them being shut down or amalgamated into other journals, for services the reverse is true….

Institutional and disciplinary repositories offer a community-owned, robust alternative. Their very distributed state gives a degree of stability and flexibility of approach that publishers simply can’t replicate. Repositories provide access to publications, but also an array of unique content including theses, research reports, audiovisual-content, code and data. They also support the retention of rights by authors, as the recently updated UNSW OA policy enshrines. Yet, publishers decry repositories, claiming that “Green [repository based open access] doesn’t offer the benefits of higher citations and increased downloads that come with gold [journal based] open access; it isn’t the version that researchers want, and is not sustainable for publishers”. However, the facts simply don’t support these arguments and fail to recognise the huge use of and, increasingly, innovation happening within the repository system.

Repositories have a critical role in archiving, preserving and sharing the diverse content produced by universities so it can be used by others and have the greatest impact on our society. Repositories such as QUT’s, for example, see a huge volume of downloads of their content — more than 1.3 million downloads so far this year of its just over 122,000 items. In Latin America, there is a distributed network of national repositories, La Referencia which hold more than 2.3 million articles as well as more than 400,000 doctoral theses. And repositories are now at the forefront of non-commercial innovation in open access, aligning with services such as overlay journals that review and distribute content held by repositories, interoperability that links outputs across the whole research lifecycle, and open peer review….”