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May 02, 2012

Guest post by Sam Johnson: Funded by the Wellcome Trust? Get funding for open access publishing fees

Today’s post is from Sam Johnson, Academic Support Librarian for Life Sciences, Medicine & Psychology, and the University of Warwick’s main contact for information about funding to cover the publication fees of Wellcome Trust-funded research.

Are you working on or have you recently completed research funded by the Wellcome Trust?
You will be aware that you are obliged to publish your research in an open access (OA) publication, so that anyone can access and read your findings in full text. OA costs can be quite considerable and in recognition of this, the Wellcome Trust has given the University a sum of money to support the open access publication of its research.

Why Open Access Publishing?
The aim of open access publishing is to disseminate research as widely as possible and to make the full text of current research easily available to anyone in the world. Open access publishing also helps to raise the impact of your research and your own research profile by making it more visible and easily accessible. Whilst OA is great news in terms of generating visibility for your research, the OA publication costs are the responsibility of the author/s and they can be quite significant..

The Wellcome Trust, along with most research funders, have an OA policy that mandates that their funded research is disseminated as widely as possible to maximise the impact and value of the findings. For more information see their Author’s FAQs.

Apply for OA Wellcome funding
Please email for an application form. This will then be forwarded to Research Support Services for processing. Applications will need to come in soon as the funding needs to be spent by the end of September.

September 27, 2011

Recognition for your research

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Researchers are increasingly expected to be able to demonstrate their worth, and to have their research measured. There are different parties interested in measuring research, and the emphasis of each seems to vary:

  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) excercise which determines UK government funding via HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England)
  • University management who want their departments to score well in the REF, but also to ensure that they are getting the best out of their staff (or the best staff!) and possibly also that the University scores well in published rankings.
  • The Research Councils UK: these guys are mandating open access publishing and good data management practice, and they are looking for how research will have impact. Their "Research Outcomes Project" lists the following types of outcomes that institutions are to report on:

· Publications
· Other Research Outputs
· Collaboration
· Communication
· Exploitation
· Recognition
· Staff Development
· Further Funding
· Impact

This list certainly gives food for thought about how research generates such outcomes.

It is also notable that it is the institution which is to report on such outcomes and reporting is not entirely down to the Principal Investigator.

March 11, 2010

Five ways to meet a funder mandate on Open Access.

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Going back through my old repository folders I came across a note I once made in my "advocacy" folder. I can't find a blog entry for it on the WRAP blog, so I thought I'd blog it here!

Different research funders all have slightly different policies about what they want in terms of open access. Some prefer deposit in particular repositories, by the author or by the publisher, so their policies are worth checking in detail. Sherpa Juliet (linked) is great at summarising those. I identified 5 different routes to open access publishing:

1) Open Access journal in which there is no author-pays fee to publish.
2) Open Access journal in which the author must pay a fee.
3) Hybrid journal in which the author must pay a fee if the article is to be open access (but subscription fees are still charged for the whole title).
4) A traditional, subscription-based journal, whose publisher will allow the accepted version (also known as the post-print) to be archived in an open access repository (with or without an embargo period, providing that period also meets with your funders' acceptable embargo length).
5) A traditional, subscription-based journal which will not allow any form of open access repository deposit under ordinary circumstances (ie if you sign their standard copyright agreement/licence), but with whom you negotiate in order to allow a repository deposit and meet your funder mandate. 

Option 1 may be available because academics are setting up online journals for themselves. There may be a need for some support in how to do this, amongst our researchers. Issues like which software is available to help them, and how to market the journal once it has been launched are things that librarians could help with.

Options 2 and 3 may both require some financial support, so that the author can pay the fee. Some libraries have been looking at how to set up Open Access funds for authors to apply to.

Options 4 and 5 require there to be an open access repository available to the author, which Warwick already does with WRAP.

Option 5 may also require support on matters of copyright, in terms of understanding the agreements being signed and how to negotiate with publishers for the permissions needed in order to meet the funders' mandates.

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