“The Immunological Proteomic Resource (ImmPRes) originated from a collaboration between the Laboratory for Quantitative Proteomics and the Division of Cell Signalling & Immunology within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. ImmPRes is an open access public resource created with the aim to provide an in-depth, high quality, quantitative map of the immuno proteome. It integrates proteomic data generated by large-scale quantitative mass-spectrometry of murine immune cell populations….”

Edinburgh Open Research Conference 2023

“The University of Edinburgh Library Research Support Team and grassroots organisation Edinburgh ReproducibiliTea are once again joining forces to run the Edinburgh Open Research Conference 2023.?

Edinburgh University is committed to making Open Research the new normal. In this year’s meeting, our focus is on the ways in which Open Research practices can positively support efforts to address global challenges – whether with respect to sustainability and the climate crisis, decolonising research, advancing healthcare, or any other area. We ask how adopting the open research principles of open access, fairness, participation in research, and open data can ensure that our work can help to address these global challenges….”

Senior Library Assistant

“To assist with the routine operation of Enlighten, the University’s institutional repository in relation to: Enlighten:Publications ; Enlighten:Theses and Enlighten:Dissertations. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Assign appropriate metadata to material deposited in the University’s institutional repository, using specialist knowledge and agreed metadata conventions. 

2. Check material deposited to ensure that it complies with publisher requirements on copyright and versioning and that such deposits comply with licensing requirements and copyright law. Ensure material deposited complies with funder body requirements and those of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). 

3. Participate in the delivery of training workshops for staff depositing material in Enlighten. 

4. Assist with the promotion of the repository internally and externally, to demonstrate the University’s research output by participating in presentations and events and contributing to Enlighten web pages.

5. Perform quality checks and data cleansing on the repository (running on e-prints software), regularly reporting any issues/trends to Enlighten Team Leader. 

6. Liaise with team leader and repository manager in order to identify development needs required to improve workflows and the effectiveness of the repository. 

7. Undertake other duties as required in Library Services….”

Scottish open access press cuts monograph costs | Times Higher Education (THE)

“A new university press created by Scottish institutions is offering to publish free-to-read books for about a third of the price charged by commercial publishers.

This month Scottish Universities Press (SUP), which was established last year by 18 academic libraries in Scotland, launched its first open call for book proposals, including edited collections and monographs.

Academics at participating institutions will be able to publish books for a production charge between £3,500 and £5,500, which SUP says is “significantly lower” than the book publishing charges offered by commercial publishers, which can range from £9,000 to £15,000….”

Open Scholarship Café – Open Scholarship and Social Justice – Bookings – University of Galway Library

“Open Scholarship / Open Science has many drivers and “schools of thought” about its purpose. This Open Scholarship Café will not look at how to open up the research process, i.e. through the publication of data, methods or publications, but will look at Open Scholarship as a social movement. To look at why and how Open Scholarship interacts with social change, we are glad to have three speakers who will shed light on this topic.

Open Scholarship Cafés are organised by the Library of the University of Galway and the Open Scholarship Community Galway. For this Café we have partnered with MÓR – Maynooth Open Research who will co-host the session.

This Open Scholarship Café will be online on Zoom. You are all very welcome to register! See below details of speakers and their talks….”

The University of St Andrews enables researchers to use the rights retained in their scholarly works | Plan S

In 2008 Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences voted unanimously to adopt a ground-breaking open access policy. Since then, over 70 other institutions, including other Harvard faculties, Stanford and MIT, have adopted similar policies based on the Harvard model. In Europe, such institutional policies have, so far, been slow to get off the ground.

We are beginning to see that situation change.

The University of St Andrews has launched a new Open Access Policy, in effect from 1 February 2023, which harmonises the requirements from research funders, provides greater support to their researchers and aligns with the University’s strategy to “make their research findings widely available for local, national, and global benefit”. In the following interview, Kyle Brady, Scholarly Communications Manager at the University of St Andrews, describes the process which led to the new OA policy, highlights the benefits for the university and its researchers and shares practical tips for other institutions that might consider adopting similar policies towards making all publications openly available as quickly as possible….”

Open access publications policy

“11.1. Principle 1: Clause 10 of the IP Policy states that as employer the University generally holds copyright in works produced by employees, however the University waives ownership of copyright in scholarly materials. This is a long-standing commitment, enabling authors to enter into agreements with publishers and undertake the standard practice of signing publication agreements.

11.2. Principle 2: Waiving of copyright comes with the obligation to grant to the University a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free licence including the right for the University to sub-licence to third parties*. Clause 11 of the IP Policy sets out this ‘grant of rights’ by authors to the University, which acts to rebalance ownership and rights in scholarly works regardless of any downstream arrangements between authors and publishers. The sublicence essentially enables dissemination through the University’s repository system(s) which are in turn accessed by third party indexing services as well as researchers. Sections 14 and 15 of this policy specify the sub-licences and processes required for depositing accepted manuscripts of journal articles in the institutional repository and / or depositing other materials of a scholarly nature where required for compliance with external funding bodies….”

New Open Access policy at St Andrews! – St Andrews Open Research

“The University of St Andrews has launched a new Open Access policy to harmonise the latest requirements from research funders and provide greater support to our researchers, as well as ensuring alignment with the open research objective in the University strategy to “make our research findings widely available for local, national, and global benefit” [University Strategy 2022-27].

You can read the full Open Access policy statement and details aimed at enabling our researchers to use the rights retained in their scholarly works:

The University will require Accepted manuscripts for Articles published in Journals and Conference Proceedings to be deposited in Pure. Deposited manuscripts will be made available without embargo and with a Creative Commons CC BY licence.
The University will also require manuscripts for Books and Chapters to be deposited in Pure, but only where there is a funder mandate in place – for instance for Wellcome Trust or UKRI. Here a 12 month embargo is permissible as are alternative Creative Commons licences (although CC BY is preferred).
The full policy contains details on exceptions as well as ‘alternative options’.
The policy will be in effect for research outputs submitted after 01 February 2023….”

University of Aberdeen Research Publications Policy

“Research staff at the University of Aberdeen have traditionally, when publishing scholarly articles, signed a copyright transfer agreement. As a result, research staff have assigned their copyright to academic publishers, which results in many scholarly articles now being under partial or complete ownership of the academic publishers. In order for the University of Aberdeen and its researchers to comply with funder requirements, and to enable the University of Aberdeen to disseminate its research and scholarship as widely as possible, whilst enabling its research staff to publish their scholarly articles in a journal of their choice, the University of Aberdeen will adopt the following policy….”

Aberdeen takes important step in making research ‘open to all’ | News | The University of Aberdeen

“The University of Aberdeen was established on a foundation to be ‘open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’.

The University of Aberdeen was established on a foundation to be ‘open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’.

More than five centuries on this commitment continues to be at the heart of the University’s activities. The Aberdeen 2040 vision, which will guide the coming decades, sets out that the institution ‘will work to share our findings, and to promote open access to academic resources for anyone who wishes to learn’.

In line with this, the University’s academic body Senate has approved a new research publications policy that will enhance the accessibility of University research….

The University’s new approved policy follows this collaborative spirit in line with the best practice established by Harvard University. It has the concept of rights retention at its heart and, in accordance with Aberdeen’s Intellectual Property Policy, researchers will retain the copyright over their research publications….”

Rights retention policy: an update after 9 months | Open Scholarship

“2022 has been a big year for open access at the University of Edinburgh. We started the year off with a bang by introducing a revised Research Publications & Copyright policy in January. This mandatory open access policy applies to all University staff members with a responsibility for research. Going forwards all authors automatically grant the University a non?exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide licence to make manuscripts of their scholarly articles publicly available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

We are proud that the University of Edinburgh was the first institution in the UK to adopt this type of progressive rights retention open access policy, and we are hugely encouraged to see that many other universities are adopting similar policies. In many ways the policy is just the starting point and most of the hard work actually happens afterwards when supporting members of staff with new publishing processes.  This post is intended to give an update of progress so far and to give an account of how the University of Edinburgh policy is having a positive effect on the number of open access publications being immediately available….”

Scottish Universities Press

SCURL member libraries are collaborating in an exciting new venture to establish a fully open access and not-for-profit publishing press that is owned and managed by the participating HEIs.

The press aims to provide a clear and cost-effective route for researchers to make their work freely available to a global audience, with the ambition to extend the impact of research across the whole of society.

We plan to open for proposals later in 2022. Please subscribe to our newsletter or check back soon.


Edinburgh Diamond | The University of Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh Diamond, a service provided by Edinburgh University Library that supports the publication of academic and student-led Open Access books and journals.

Edinburgh Diamond is provided free of charge to University of Edinburgh staff and students. We also provide a paid-for shared service for SCURL and external partners.

See our below pages to find our more about our book hosting service and our journal hosting service, including what we offer and how to submit your book/journal proposal.


Edinburgh Open Research

“Open research (a.k.a. “open science” or “open scholarship”) refers to a collection of practices and principles around?transparency, reproducibility and integrity in research. As an active member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and a signatory of DORA, Edinburgh is committed to making open research the new normal by supporting and encouraging the adoption of good open research practice throughout the University. This represents a significant change in the way research will be conducted, and how the next generation of researchers will be trained. That is why we are launching this new conference.

The University’s Library Research Support Team and grassroots organisations Edinburgh ReproducibiliTea/Edinburgh Open Research Initiative?(EORI) joined forces on 27th May 2022 to hold the 1st Edinburgh Open Research Conference. The conference was free to attend and open to those within the University of Edinburgh as well as external attendees, from all disciplines, backgrounds and roles.The 1st issue of this journal contains the presentations and posters from this event. We hope that future issues will showcase Open Research work being done at the University of Edinburgh as well as the outputs of future events and conferences….”