Job: Publishing Officer (Scottish Universities Open Access Press). Fixed Term 2 Years, 1.0 FTE. Application deadline: Nov 3, 2021 | University of Dundee

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Publishing Officer (Scottish Universities Open Access Press) within our Research and Resources Division, LLC&CI to implement a new Open Access University Press for Scotland.

This post is to implement a new Open Access University Press for Scotland. A non-commercial press with shared ownership member institutions of the Scottish Confederation of University & Research Libraries. The scope of the platform will initially focus on monographs, set within a broader context of developing new library-led open access publishing services and initiatives.

Your priorities will include:

Regular reporting to Management Board of the press.
Establish and support editorial board and commissioning processes, and ensure scalability.
Embed academic-led advocacy strategy to engage potential authors.
Establish brand and marketing strategy, including support of events like book launches or publicity events.
Clearly document workflows covering stages of publications for various formats or options.

Please see the job description (available on the university’s website, accessed by the apply button) for full details of the duties associated with this role.

Who we’re looking for:

Evidence of strong communication skills both written and verbal with proven ability to build effective relationships..
Ability to talk through business and operational challenges clearly with partners at various experience levels.
Ability to liaise with a wide variety of stakeholders and authors and to demonstrate excellent support service skills.
Ability to plan own work and responsibilities over the short and medium term, with an awareness of longer-term issues, and meet deadlines.
Proven ability to work independently using initiative and judgement to deliver successful outcomes.

Please see the person specification for full details of the skills and experience required for this role.

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee – an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

For further information about this position please contact Hannah Whaley, Assistant Director, Research & Resources at h.whaley@dundee.ac.uk.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well as a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

A new OER Policy for the University

“In September 2021, the University’s Education Committee approved a new Open Education Resources (OER) Policy, which revises and updates our previous 2016 policy. Supported by the central OER Service, the policy encourages staff and students to use, create and publish OERs to enhance the quality of the student experience, expand provision of learning opportunities, and enrich our shared knowledge commons. Investing in OER and open licensing helps to improve the sustainability and longevity of our educational resources, while encouraging colleagues to reuse and repurpose existing open materials expands the pool of teaching and learning resources and helps to diversity the curriculum. As one of the few universities in the UK to have an OER policy, the new policy strengthens the University of Edinburgh’s position as a world leader in open education and reiterates our strategic commitment to openness and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development….”

Scholarly Communications Officer (LIB209A)

“The post will form part of the Directorate of Digital & Information Services within the University’s Professional Services. With approximately 1,500 staff, professional Services consists of several student and academic focused areas as well as other corporate and support areas.

Based in the University Library the postholder will work with colleagues across the University to support the implementation and development of an inclusive and supportive research culture, with the focus on providing guidance to the research community on open and responsible research publishing practices and incorporating the principles of responsible research assessment into University policy and practice….”

Being transparent & privacy aware: ditching third-party trackers in Strathprints | Open Access @ Strathclyde

 

George Macgregor
Scholarly Publications & Research Data, University of Strathclyde

Over the years, and like a lot of websites, Strathprints has historically made use of third-party integrations. Some of these integrations have provided us, and Strathprints users, with useful functionality over the years. But because these integrations involve the implementation of tracking code within Strathprints, they have also entailed third-party cookies being attached to our users. This is most notable in our use of Google Analytics and AddThis, the former providing analytics on web traffic and the latter providing convenient social sharing buttons and web analytics. In fact, the Google Analytics Tracking Code (GATC) also entails the DoubleClick cookie used to enable remarketing for products like Google Ads, while AddThis engages in browser fingerprinting.

Given the tracking that is increasing occurring within the scholarly publishing industry generally, and the sometimes-nefarious purposes to which the collected data are being put, we feel it is inappropriate for an open repository like Strathprints to continue to use additional and unnecessary forms of tracking. We have therefore recently removed Google Analytics from Strathprints altogether and have implemented alternative social sharing options to replace AddThis. An additional benefit of removing these tools is that Strathprints is serving less Javascript, which helps to promote quicker page loading – so the benefits go beyond superior privacy to include a better user experience!

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COVID-19 Research Repository now live – News – Public Health Scotland

“Public Health Scotland (PHS) has collaborated with Higher Education Institutions to create a comprehensive repository for COVID-19 Research in Scotland.

The repository, which contains research about COVID-19 in Scotland in a range of formats, is a fully accessible and searchable digital resource.

The creation of a fully searchable COVID-19 Research Repository reduces duplication of effort and makes research easier for policymakers, researchers and the public to find and use.

By providing easy access to recently published research on COVID-19 in Scotland on a single shared platform, PHS hopes to enhance the visibility of leading research and promote Scottish research to a national and international audience….”

Applications Analyst/Developer (337012)

“The University Library is undertaking an exciting project, due to commence February 2021, to implement a new repository for its digital theses and exam paper collections. We are looking for a versatile developer and system administrator with experience in repositories and/or Library systems to help this project succeed. As an enthusiastic, innovative and experienced developer you will play a lead role in the implementation of our new repository system and the migration of data from our legacy repository. This post will sit within the Library Systems team of ISD Business Systems at the University. This is a small team that delivers systems key to Library operations you will be required to provide back-up support for these systems. A dynamic, flexible and customer centred approach is key….”

Introduction to International Open Access Week from the University Librarian | InfoLinks

“It feels rather ironic to be writing on the subject of open access as we head towards the end of a year in which so many things have remained at least partly closed. However, the pandemic has served both to shine a light on the critical importance of open research and expose the amount of work still to do to achieve it. It is my hope that Open Access Week 2020 both reaches a wider audience and galvanises us into collective action like never before.

I have been thinking about, writing about and attempting to stimulate open access as the right solution for ethical and effective scholarly communications for almost two decades. Fifteen years ago, I was part of an ambitious plan to deliver an open access solution for Scotland through a national repository infrastructure, and while the lofty vision was never realised, this work placed Scotland at the forefront of open access thinking and demonstrated, as is often the case, that this is a nation well capable of ‘punching above its weight’. A paper describing a national information strategy for Scotland provides a 2005 overview of this project, within a wider context. It is satisfying to see that although the networked infrastructure we hoped to build is not in place, this paper still remains freely accessible through the institutional repository of a Scottish university.

This was a time when open access seemed most likely to be achievable by providing versions of published papers in repositories, while the final papers themselves would continue to be published in subscription journals – the so-called Green route. It was not until the publication of the Finch Report in 2012, and the enthusiasm of the then Minister for Higher Education (David Willets) for a Gold route, that open access of the published paper itself began to dominate policy and gain momentum. Very regrettably, this has become synonymous for many with one method of funding it: the article processing charge, or APC. This solution has served to perpetuate a scholarly communications infrastructure which relies upon commercial third parties, placing the research community at the mercy of a small number of profit-making organisations for whom profits and shareholder value are paramount….”

Open Access Assistant – CG1697NB

“The University’s Research and Innovation Services (RIS) is looking for an enthusiastic individual with some knowledge of open access publishing processes and a desire to gain further experience in this developing area of research support. You will have some experience of working in a research environment or in a support role in an HEI, and will be able to demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail and excellent communication skills.   

The primary role of the post is to identify, upload and manage bibliographic data and open access publications to the University’s current research information system (Pure). The role will support the wider open access (OA) team services which assist academic staff to achieve open access via deposit in Pure or payment of OA fees and meet the requirements of research funders including UK Research and Innovation. You will also contribute to processes which support the University’s submission to REF2021.   

You will have a degree or equivalent relevant work experience, some awareness of the wider Open Research environment and knowledge of external (funder and publisher) policies affecting scholarly publishing within UK higher education. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with repository or research information systems and bibliographic metadata.     …”

Open Access Assistant – CG1697NB

“The University’s Research and Innovation Services (RIS) is looking for an enthusiastic individual with some knowledge of open access publishing processes and a desire to gain further experience in this developing area of research support. You will have some experience of working in a research environment or in a support role in an HEI, and will be able to demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail and excellent communication skills.   

The primary role of the post is to identify, upload and manage bibliographic data and open access publications to the University’s current research information system (Pure). The role will support the wider open access (OA) team services which assist academic staff to achieve open access via deposit in Pure or payment of OA fees and meet the requirements of research funders including UK Research and Innovation. You will also contribute to processes which support the University’s submission to REF2021.   

You will have a degree or equivalent relevant work experience, some awareness of the wider Open Research environment and knowledge of external (funder and publisher) policies affecting scholarly publishing within UK higher education. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with repository or research information systems and bibliographic metadata.     …”

Open Knowledge in the Curriculum: Building competencies, attributes and literacies – Open.Ed

“At the University of Edinburgh we believe that the creation of open knowledge and open educational resources are fully in keeping with our institutional vision, purpose and values, to discover knowledge and make the world a better place, while ensuring that our teaching and research is diverse, inclusive,?accessible to all and relevant to society.  This commitment to open knowledge is more important now than ever,  in the midst of a global pandemic that has disrupted education for millions of learners around the world. Indeed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, UNESCO has issued a Call for Joint Action to support learning and knowledge sharing through Open Educational Resources (OER) with a view to building more inclusive, sustainable and resilient Knowledge Societies….”

Institutional Repository Support Assistant (293258)

“The University of Strathclyde has a commitment to boldness and innovation as part of its core institutional values, and we believe that our engagement with Open Access and repository development is a significant example of this commitment. In furtherance of these values the Information Services Directorate of the University is seeking to appoint an Institutional Repository Support Assistant to join our Scholarly Publications & Research Data team. The job role will encompass work within the areas of Green Open Access, including the management of scholarly grey literature, and aspects of Gold Open Access. 

The role will include the use of the University’s current research information system (CRIS) and Strathclyde’s institutional Open Access repository, as well as other systems relevant to the operation of open scholarly communications and open research within an HEI. The job role will involve the description of a wide variety of scholarly content according to established metadata schema, the correction and approval of system metadata and the preparation of digital file content for deposit, exposure and digital preservation. Interpretation of research funder Open Access policies and compliance requirements will be necessary and the applicant should have some knowledge of copyright matters, experience of liaison with academic staff, and advanced skills in the manipulation of digital files. …”

Open for Access | Open Scotland

It’s approaching the end of the month and my curation of the Open Scotland account. There’s so much I planned to write but find myself running out of time. Before I go, let’s return to the Scottish Open Education Declaration. The declaration recognised the potential of open education to “expand access to education, widen participation, create new opportunities for the next generation of teachers and learners and prepare them to become fully engaged digital citizens”. This is where I see my own open practice situated so let me tell you a little about how I use OER in widening access.

James Hutton Institute: Sites’ potential ‘enormous’ | Press and Journal

JHI chief executive Professor Colin Campbell told a meeting of the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) a spin-out business has already been established to handle innovation developed at the institute and its commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited.

Prof Campbell said he had a long shopping list for the new funding, which he said could have a transformative impact on agriculture, and outlined the “enormous” potential of the open science campuses planned for Invergowrie and Aberdeen.

He said: “We have had a fantastic experience collaborating with Intelligent Growth Solutions in the development of disruptive technologies for the future of vertical farming.

“Hutton will be an even more open science institute, facilitated by new investment on our sites and embracing many collaborators, stakeholders and the public.” …”

James Hutton Institute: Sites’ potential ‘enormous’ | Press and Journal

JHI chief executive Professor Colin Campbell told a meeting of the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) a spin-out business has already been established to handle innovation developed at the institute and its commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited.

Prof Campbell said he had a long shopping list for the new funding, which he said could have a transformative impact on agriculture, and outlined the “enormous” potential of the open science campuses planned for Invergowrie and Aberdeen.

He said: “We have had a fantastic experience collaborating with Intelligent Growth Solutions in the development of disruptive technologies for the future of vertical farming.

“Hutton will be an even more open science institute, facilitated by new investment on our sites and embracing many collaborators, stakeholders and the public.” …”