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….”

Letting Open Access bloom: a bright future for research publishing | Opinion | News | The University of Aberdeen

“In previous blog posts, I have discussed the value of open research, the reasons behind its complexity, and the importance of retaining rights over our research outputs. In this final post of my short series, I look to the future, with an optimism….

I am timing this post to align with the news that the sector has struck a landmark deal with Elsevier for continued access to ScienceDirect. This agreement both saves the sector money and increases its ability to publish openly in Elsevier titles. It is policy compliant and removes a layer of administration, saving time for researchers and for librarians. The work across the sector to achieve this has been enormous, but the result more than vindicates the efforts we have put into it. I am delighted that Aberdeen played a significant part in this work. My colleagues have contributed to a national initiative to test an alternative to a bulk subscription, and I have represented the sector at the strategic level through membership of the Jisc/UUK Content Negotiation Strategy Group. As well as being a major success for this round of negotiations, our collaborative work has also delivered a framework for all future negotiations with major publishers.

This is very timely, as we are now close to the launch date of the new UKRI Open Access Policy, on 1 April. I discussed this in my most recent post, but as a reminder, this policy will restrict your Gold Open Access publishing options, and it will require any Green Open Access deposits to have no embargo imposed on the date of their open access release. The Library has been doing a lot to communicate this, but if you are unaware of the changes and need advice or information, visit our web page about UKRI OA policy.


This is not a reason to rest on our laurels, however pleased I am about what we have achieved with Elsevier. There are four reasons I remain enthusiastic to do more….

The best way to guarantee we can achieve open access to our research, in all circumstances, is to stop giving away our control over it. I discussed this in my previous blog, and can now announce that Research Policy Committee have supported my proposal to enshrine this in University policy. I will now start to develop a draft and consult on whether this can replace our existing policy (which is now extremely out of date). From my perspective, asserting that we will no longer give our rights away seems like a blindingly obvious thing to wish to do, but it’s really important that I hear other perspectives, and provide reassurance where there are concerns. You will have formal opportunity to comment as the draft makes its way through the committees, but I’d really like to hear from you now, whether it is to learn more, to express support, or to challenge my views….”

New chapter for Aberdeen University Press | The University of Aberdeen

Aberdeen University Press (AUP) has entered a major new phase in its history by becoming an online and fully Open Access university press.

The University has signed a contract with ]u[ Ubiquity to provide services to support our open access research publishing activities, and will become part of the international Ubiquity Partner Network.

This will enable the Press to extend its portfolio beyond its existing focus on Scottish culture and literature, to a wide range of disciplines and also interdisciplinary research.

By joining the Ubiquity Partner Network of University and Society Presses, AUP will be able to adopt and disseminate best practice in the Open Access publishing sector.

Scholarly Communications Officer (Metadata) – CG1967NB

“The University of St Andrews is seeking an enthusiastic individual who can bring expertise in bibliographic metadata or cataloguing to the Open Research Team in the University’s Libraries & Museums.  


The post holder will have responsibility for supporting the Scholarly Communications (Open Access) Team to provide an accurate description of the University’s scholarly record, to enhance discovery of our publications and support compliance with funder mandates, including requirements for UKRI and research assessment exercises. You will have knowledge of the academic publishing process and awareness of the open access environment in the UK and be able to apply metadata standards in the context of a research information system covering a range of subject areas.  …”