Supporting the transition to open access publishing – an update | Jisc

“One of our key priorities over the last two years has been to strike agreements that accelerate the UK’s transition to open access (OA), reduce and constrain costs, and capitalise on the potential of OA to break down some of the barriers to collaboration and excellence in research practices.  

Alongside this, we have been working with the sector through our strategic groups to define and design the conditions that will support open scholarship during and after the OA transition.

As part of our work to support our funders’ policies, most notably UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), we have rapidly scaled-up our negotiations to put in place agreements that provide UKRI-funded researchers with routes to OA publishing and that allow these funds to be used to support these arrangements.

We are now at a point where around 80 per cent of UK output can be published openly via a Jisc agreement. Key to our negotiations are equity and affordability as set out in the sector’s requirements of our members. This means working with publishers to forge sustainable routes to OA that are available to all researchers regardless of institution, discipline, or publication venue.

As the most used publication venue for UK researchers and the largest agreement by spend, reaching an agreement with Elsevier that delivers full and immediate OA at an affordable and reduced fee was a priority for the sector….”

The findings from publicly-funded research should be accessible to all – UKRI

“UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) new open access policy is based on one simple principle, that findings from publicly-funded research should be accessible to all. The policy was published in August 2021 and comes into effect on 1 April….

After wide-reaching and measured consultation we are setting that key requirement for journal articles, while addressing other issues including:

constraining costs (and increasing our funding to pay our way)
supporting multiple routes for both publishers and authors
aligning with other key funders such as Wellcome and the European Commission to simplify publishing for our authors.

Without preempting future decisions on research assessment, our funding body colleagues have committed to being no stricter on open access than the UKRI policy, again simplifying choices for authors.

 

This is a reset, but one that follows on naturally and very simply from Finch as we abolish embargoes and target the use of UKRI funds to avoid increased costs. In essence, it is as simple as no embargoes, no hybrid payments….”

RLUK22 Conference Video: Making Open Access Books Work Fairly

Open Access (OA) book publishing, and the way it is funded, is changing. 2020 and 2021 saw the emergence of several new OA monograph initiatives based on collective library funding. Cambridge UP started Flip It Open, MIT Press launched Direct 2 Open and Liverpool UP and the Central European University Press launched Opening the Future. This session will give a better understanding of the associated challenges facing libraries, publishers and scholars and will position these in the context of recent policy developments (UKRI OA monograph policy, the next REF, Plan S) and the rapidly developing OA landscape.

UKRI Strategy 2022–2027

“Championing open research. Open research improves research efficiency, quality and integrity through collaborative, transparent and reproducible research practices. UKRI’s priorities include open access to research publications and making research data as open as possible but as secure as necessary. UKRI is building on the UK’s longstanding global leadership in open research with our new open access policy, which was developed through extensive consultation with the sector. The policy delivers on the ambition in the government’s R&D Roadmap, for publicly funded research to be accessible to all, and will boost the global impact of UK research by increasing opportunities for findings to be shared and used across all disciplines and sectors….”

Scholarly Communications and Engagement Officer

“This is a fantastic role, sitting within Jisc’s marketing planning team to support Jisc’s two-year programme of work to implement UK Research and Innovation’s new open access policy. The programme of work includes scaling up of open access negotiations to accelerate the transition to open access, piloting new open access models for journals and monographs, as well as providing research performing organisations advice, guidance and tools to monitor and assist compliance with the new policy.

In this role, you will lead and co-ordinate the communications, marketing and engagement activity associated with the delivery of the Jisc UKRI open access policy programme. You will devise and develop campaigns and work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver the relevant activity and materials. There is a critical focus on engagement with publishers, libraries, research offices and researchers….”

4 weeks until new UKRI open access policy – key points about the green route – Cranfield University Blogs

“Did you know?

The policy permits two routes to compliant OA (open access) publishing. Route 2 is to go green.

Green route key points:

The AAM (author accepted manuscript) must be made publicly available on CERES at the same time as the version of record (publisher branded version). No embargo is permitted.
You must include a sentence of prescribed text in your acknowledgements and any cover letter accompanying the submission. This text reads: ‘For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence (where permitted by UKRI, ‘Open Government Licence’ or ‘Creative Commons Attribution No-derivatives (CC BY-ND) licence’ may be stated instead) to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising’.
Depending on where you choose to publish, you may need to negotiate with the publisher to get permission to include the text in the AAM and publish it with no embargo. Some publishers do not impose an embargo (e.g. IEEE, AIAA, Emerald)….”

Implementing the new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) open access policy | Jisc

“isc is planning to:

Identify and agree with our members their requirements for transformative journals and incorporate transformative journals as one of the models that publishers can adopt/authors can publish in
Increase our engagement and negotiations with the many small and medium sized publishers and societies to provide them with opportunity to adopt open access models that enable compliant options for UKRI funded authors and meet the requirements of our members
Complete the first phase of our data work which will focus on expanding our data collation and analysis to enable us to deliver quality data and intelligence to our members and UKRI to drive value and evaluate the impact of transitional arrangements
Establish new partnerships that will support the accurate and timely sharing of data so that authors have the most up to date information to support publication decisions, in particular with the cOAlition S supported Journal Checker Tool
Run a series of roundtables, workshops and webinars with our members, research organisations, publishers and funders, to discuss challenges around the implementation and to consider solutions that will reduce bureaucracy and increase efficiency…”

UKRI publishes guidance and resources for new open access policy – UKRI

“Peer-reviewed research articles that acknowledge UKRI funding will need to comply with UKRI’s new open access policy from 1 April 2022.

The following new guidance and resources are available:

an FAQ for the policy
supporting guidance for authors
an information pack for research organisations to use to engage their researchers about the policy
CC BY-ND licence exception process and guidance
the policy document….”

Westminster Forum Projects | Next steps for open research

“This conference focuses on the way forward for developing open research, and comes with the introduction of the new UKRI open access policy.

 
Areas for discussion include:

incorporating new technologies and research processes
realigning funding incentives and research cultures
sharing of research data and outputs
digital infrastructure and data management needs
reproducibility and intellectual property
learning from the role of open research in fighting COVID-19
enhancing the impact of open research and maximising its role in tackling global challenges such as climate change …”

Open Access Monographs: Myths, Truths and Implications in the Wake of UKRI Open Access Policy | LIBER Quarterly

The UK Research and Innovation funding council announced its latest Open Access Policy on August 6, 2021. This policy applies to all UKRI funded research, and thus constitutes a significant move towards OA as an academic standard. For the first time in the UK, OA is to be mandated for academic books – this means that both monographs and edited chaptered books must be published Open Access from January 2024, though a 1 year embargo is permissible. As the infrastructures, business models and workflows supporting OA book publishing are currently lagging behind journals, especially in the Arts and Humanities, many researchers and institutions have responded to the policy with some consternation, even whilst supporting the aims and ethics of OA publishing.

This article explores some of these apprehensions and questions raised by institutions, academics and by librarians regarding OA book publishing in a UK context, especially regarding funding and sustainability. It aims to dispel certain myths around OA book publishing in general, particularly the notion that Book Processing Charges are a necessary or even desirable element. The article then presents some of the varied models and systems currently in use and development, particularly the work of the UKRI/Research England funded COPIM project (Community- Led Open Access Infrastructures for Monographs), one of the aims of which is to build ways of delivering more sustainable revenue sources to OA publishers. It focuses in particular a key and soon to be launched output of the project: the Open Book Collective.

Your right to make your work open access: cOAlition S, Wellcome and UKRI – Leeds University Library Blog

“The Rights Retention Strategy developed by cOAlition S helps researchers retain sufficient rights to their own work so they can make it immediately open access from a repository without an embargo period. It has been adopted in some form by funders including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the Wellcome Trust, UKRI and the European Union.

While the Devil is in the detail, the overriding message is simple…”

 

From belief to evidence – Investigating the long-term impact of open sharing commitments – Research Consulting

“Research Consulting and Science-Metrix are pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to undertake a new study for leading research funders Wellcome, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This work seeks to understand the impact of requirements for the rapid and open sharing of research findings and data in public health emergencies: we will focus on Covid-19 and the Wellcome-led data sharing Statement, including in comparison with the previous Statement released during the Zika and Ebola outbreaks….

To address such an ambitious brief, we have assembled a unique project team: Research Consulting’s expertise in the open research policy landscape is complemented by Science-Metrix’ (an Elsevier company) bibliometric and informetrics expertise. Our combined efforts will support the project funders in shifting from a belief that the Statement is impactful towards an evidence base that seeks to demonstrate said impact.

Our Science-Metrix colleagues have already started their analysis, and the Research Consulting team is preparing a comprehensive survey that will be shared with signatories of the Statement over the next few months….”

From belief to evidence – Investigating the long-term impact of open sharing commitments – Research Consulting

“Research Consulting and Science-Metrix are pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to undertake a new study for leading research funders Wellcome, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This work seeks to understand the impact of requirements for the rapid and open sharing of research findings and data in public health emergencies: we will focus on Covid-19 and the Wellcome-led data sharing Statement, including in comparison with the previous Statement released during the Zika and Ebola outbreaks….

To address such an ambitious brief, we have assembled a unique project team: Research Consulting’s expertise in the open research policy landscape is complemented by Science-Metrix’ (an Elsevier company) bibliometric and informetrics expertise. Our combined efforts will support the project funders in shifting from a belief that the Statement is impactful towards an evidence base that seeks to demonstrate said impact.

Our Science-Metrix colleagues have already started their analysis, and the Research Consulting team is preparing a comprehensive survey that will be shared with signatories of the Statement over the next few months….”

Your right to make your work open access: cOAlition S, Wellcome and UKRI

“Publishers often require an embargo period of 6, 12 or even 24 months before your accepted manuscript can be made open access from a repository like White Rose Research Online.

Many researchers don’t think this is right or fair, either to you, or to society. It is your work after all and you should have the right to share it as you choose, for the benefit of all.

The Rights Retention Strategy developed by cOAlition S helps researchers retain sufficient rights to their own work so they can make it immediately open access from a repository without an embargo period. It has been adopted in some form by funders including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the Wellcome Trust, UKRI and the European Union….”