N8 Research Partnership stands up for researchers with new Rights Retention statement – N8 Research Partnership

“The N8 – which represents 12% of all UK academics and 200,000 students – has released a statement outlining its new stance on the importance of researchers being able to obtain their original rights when their work is published in a journal. The statement was launched at an event held at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library, with speakers including the N8’s new chair Professor Charlie Jeffrey and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester. 

In April 2022, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) made it mandatory for all research published in journals to be made immediately available via Open Access or transformative Gold journals’ APC charges or through journals released on a transitional Read & Publish deal without APC charges. Open access can also be achieved via depositing the author accepted manuscript and making it available without embargo. 

However, in order to achieve this third route to open access researchers need to be able to apply a CC BY license – which allows anyone to make commercial use of the work under the condition of attributing the research in the manner specified by the author or licensor – and place their accepted manuscript in an institutional or other preferred repository. This must now be done without embargo granted to any publisher. 

However, some publishers are no longer compliant with several not accepting that a researcher’s original rights should be retained by them, meaning that publishers may not accept manuscripts where an application has been made for a CC BY license and the researcher has clearly stated that they own their research.  

The N8’s statement – which has been coordinated through the eight universities’ PVCs for Research, Research Offices, Legal Departments and Libraries – reflects the shared conviction of the importance of researchers retaining their rights.  

Each N8 university will have its own position which may supersede the publisher’s requirements, but ultimately if a researcher is able to publish via an APC to a Gold journal or in a journal covered by a Read & Publish deal then researchers do not need to assert their rights.  

However, the N8 statement strongly recommends that researchers do not by default transfer intellectual property rights to publishers and do use a Rights Retention statement as standard practice….”

Enhancing community participation & understanding of preprint review – YouTube

“In this video, Jane Alfred (Catalyst Editorial Ltd) and Iratxe Puebla (ASAPbio) provide an overview of preprint review, its benefits to researchers and the research community and different platforms available for preprint review. The video also discusses good practices in preprint review and ways in which individual researchers can participate in preprint review.”

Microbiology’s transformation to fully Open Access | Microbiology Society

“Having published advances across the field of microbiology for 75 years, Microbiology – the Microbiology Society’s founding journal – has transitioned to fully Open Access (OA) for 2023. Find out more about the benefits of Open Access from the Editors of Microbiology in the video below….”

Recognizing Preprint Peer Review (Day 1, Part 1) – YouTube

“On December 1 and 2, 2022, HHMI, ASAPbio, and EMBO, co-sponsored a meeting, held at Janelia Research Campus, to promote community consensus and support for preprint peer review and to create funder, institutional, and journal policies that recognize both preprints with reviews, and reviews of preprints….”

Open with purpose: How and why to make your data open | EMBL-EBI Training

“As part of EMBL-EBI’s celebration of Open Access week, this special one-off webinar will give you insight into the benefits of open access data, alongside guidance and tips on managing your data.


Featuring four members of EMBL-EBI’s resource teams (from BioSamples, ENA, IntAct/Complex Portal & Europe PMC), you’ll get an overview of Open and FAIR data, insights into submission processes and support, the importance of open literature and some hints, tips and tricks for ensuring your data can easily be made available to others. You’ll also get an opportunity to ask live questions to all four of our speakers, and find out where you can learn more….”

F.O.R.M. – Panel 3: Open Science Capacity Building in MENA: Plans and Policies – YouTube

“The Forum for Open Research in MENA (F.O.R.M.) was organised by the Knowledge E Foundation, Knowledge E, and Gulf Conferences, with the support of our Advisory Partner UNESCO, our Host Partner EKB, and our Patron ALECSO. It brought together leading international experts and key regional stakeholders, along with open-source and open-resource solutions and technology providers, to support the advancement of Open Science. F.O.R.M. was held on the 26th-27th of October (2022) to coincide with the global Open Access Week initiative. We hope this will become an annual event hosted in a different country within the MENA region each year.

You can now access speaker presentations on our Zenodo community: https://zenodo.org/communities/forum4… Speakers: Dr. Batool Almarzouq, Honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool, the lead of the Open Science community Saudi Arabia (OSCSA) and a Content Subject Matter Expert (SME) in NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS) – “NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS): A Toolkit for Fostering Open Science Practices” Dr. Nada Messaikeh (Alliance Manchester Business School) and Reem Jamil Younis (UAE Ministry of Education) – “Open science in education sector research, how can Governments and H.E Institutions collaborate to promote relevance, accessibility, and sustainability of research endeavors?” Dr. Tosin Ekundayo, Synergy University Dubai – “Open Data: A National Data Governance Strategy for Open Science and Economic Development” ”

Community Forum on the 2022 OSTP Public Access Policy Guidance (November 7, 2022) – YouTube

“On Monday, November 7th, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) held a virtual community forum about the 2022 Public Access Memorandum titled, Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research (https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content…. The OSTP briefing was led by Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director for Science and Society, and Dr. Christopher Steven Marcum, Assistant Director for Open Science and Data Policy. Federal government perspectives were provided by representatives from three federal agencies and included members of the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Open Science. Discussion points from the OSTP briefing included Biden-Harris Administration priorities involving public access, principles motivating the 2022 OSTP Memorandum, details on the provisions of the Memorandum, and a review of the timeline for federal agency implementation expectations.”

Open Research in Cambridge: 2022 in review – Unlocking Research

“I know that I’m not alone in hearing that researchers in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences disciplines often feel a disconnect between the language and priorities of “Open Science” and their experiences of how research is conducted – this is one of the reasons we choose to frame it as “Open Research” here in Cambridge. I see a strong desire from many to engage with open research practices, paired with frustration with the challenges of translating the terminology of open science to other areas. In order to better understand these issues, we established two working groups (Open Research in the Humanities and Open Qualitative Research), each of which was tasked with forgetting what they think they should do due to how open science is generally described, and instead describe what they see as the opportunities for open research within their disciplines.

The Open Research in the Humanities group was chaired by Prof Emma Gilby and supported by Dr Matthias Ammon. Their excellent report is already available on Apollo and through a series of blog posts here on Unlocking Research. The Open Qualitative Research group was chaired by Dr Meg Westbury and their report is due to come to the university’s Open Research Steering Committee in January. We will be sharing this more widely in early 2023 – it’s well worth watching out for! Both reports will inform how we talk about Open Research at Cambridge and will shape the transformative programme that we are in the process of developing….

We are particularly pleased with the engagement from across the university with the ongoing Rights Retention Pilot, which provides a route to open access for articles that cannot be made immediately available through existing publishing deals, are not eligible for the block grants mentioned above or where the publisher simply does not provide any route to immediate open access. We are now consulting on the development of a Self-Archiving Policy which is buit on what we have learned throught he pilot and will sit within our Open Access Publications Policy Framework. Members of the university can find out more by reading this document (accessible to Raven users only). It has been an honour to lead a dedicated group of library and research staff on this project….”

RI Webinar: New models of publishing: Libraries as publishers – 1579092


In an effort to short-circuit the traditional publishing route, libraries are increasingly publishing their own material. What are the upsides to this and what are the problems associated with this route? What tools are available to libraries who want to publish?


Key takeaways

An insight into the scholarly publishing landscape
Hear about the latest technologies and new models of publishing that can support the needs of the scholarly community
Learn about best practices and shared expertise in library publishing…”

RI Webinar: The value of transformative agreements – 1579101


With ever-tighter budgets, how do institutions decide whether transformative/read-and -publish agreements represent good value? If they do make the decision, what are the implications for librarians?


Key takeaways

A breakdown of the impact of transformative agreements on libraries
Insights into programmes that can help libraries implement transformative agreements
Funding considerations and the value transformative agreements can provide…”

RI Webinar: Conforming to the REF: An international view – 1579136


The REF is a UK-specific measure for research institutions to assess the quality of their research output and is pertinent to libraries, research offices, university planning departments and institutions. But this webcast will aim to look at this within a global context and explore other frameworks that are in place around the world.

Key takeaways

Learn how the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated globally

Hear from experts about best practices in the assessment of researchers and scholarly research

Key insights into why representation of researchers in the design of research assessment practices across the world is crucial…”

Stockholm University’s publishing platform | recording of September 2022 interviews with developers

“Soon Stockholm University is to launch its own publishing platform where researchers can publish articles with open peer review and with an open license. A pilot of the platform will be released during Open Access Week 2022, where 50 researchers affiliated with Stockholm University will participate and try the tool for a few months, before it is made available to others as well. Interviewed in this video clip is Wilhelm Widmark, Senior Advisor to the President with operational responsibility for Open Science at Stockholm University, and Abeni Wickham, founder of SciFree and developer of the platform. The interview was originally published in the staff web cast Panorama in September 2022, led by Stefan Nyman at the Communication Team at Stockholm University….”