REF Assistant, Goldsmiths, University of London

“We are seeking a REF Assistant to join the Online Research Collections team at Goldsmiths, University of London to provide valuable support to Goldsmiths’ REF 2021 submission. The successful candidate will work closely with REF Project Officers and Open Access Advisor to organise research outputs for REF 2021. You will be responsible for adding, editing and reviewing metadata of items on Goldsmiths Research Online (GRO), our institutional Open Access repository. You will help gather information on Open Access compliance for REF 2021. As a highly organised individual, you will help produce practice research outputs and collate material for the final REF submission. The post will require you to communicate effectively, confidently and clearly with academics and professional services staff on REF 2021, Open Access and Goldsmiths Research Online….”

Plan S and the History Journal Landscape: Royal Historical Society Guidance Paper

“? What are the new contours of peer-reviewed journal publication for Humanities and Social Science disciplines following the establishment of cOAlition S in September 2018?

? How prepared are History journals and History researchers for the implementation of Plan S-aligned open access mandates in the UK?

? What are the potential implications for UK-based and international History journals of implementing (or choosing not to implement) Plan S-aligned open access policies?

? What is the evidence base that should inform UKRI’s consultations on open access? …”

The Personal Genome Project-UK, an open access resource of human multi-omics data | Scientific Data

“Integrative analysis of multi-omics data is a powerful approach for gaining functional insights into biological and medical processes. Conducting these multifaceted analyses on human samples is often complicated by the fact that the raw sequencing output is rarely available under open access. The Personal Genome Project UK (PGP-UK) is one of few resources that recruits its participants under open consent and makes the resulting multi-omics data freely and openly available. As part of this resource, we describe the PGP-UK multi-omics reference panel consisting of ten genomic, methylomic and transcriptomic data. Specifically, we outline the data processing, quality control and validation procedures which were implemented to ensure data integrity and exclude sample mix-ups. In addition, we provide a REST API to facilitate the download of the entire PGP-UK dataset. The data are also available from two cloud-based environments, providing platforms for free integrated analysis. In conclusion, the genotype-validated PGP-UK multi-omics human reference panel described here provides a valuable new open access resource for integrated analyses in support of personal and medical genomics….”

Promoting openness – Research Professional News

“Of the potential solutions, open research practices are among the most promising. The argument is that transparency acts as an implicit quality control process. If others are able to scrutinise our work—not just the final published output, but the underlying data, code, and so on—researchers will be incentivised to ensure these are high quality.

So, if we think that research could benefit from improved quality control, and if we think that open research might have a role to play in this, why aren’t we all doing it? In a word: incentives….”

Make it Public – how our consultation is informing the development of a new strategy for research transparency – Health Research Authority

“This summer more than 700 organisations and individuals took part in our 12-week Make it Public consultation.

The consultation, which ran from June to September, asked for feedback on our draft strategy to improve research transparency. …

We’re now working closely with the Research Transparency Strategy Group to devise a final strategy before the end of the year. The group met earlier this month to consider the top line responses to the strategy and you can read the minutes of their meeting here. After their next meeting a strategy will be shared with the HRA Board in December, before being presented to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. You can read more about our engagement with the Committee on the transparency section of our website….”

Scholarly Communications Licence

“PA members are deeply concerned about a proposal from a scholarly communications working group to introduce a new model licence within HEIs. The SCL would give the implementing university a non-exclusive licence to make work open access on publication, in conflict with any green open licence in place with a publisher, and with an option for a researcher to secure a waiver from the HEI should the publisher require it. 

Principal concerns are the significant administrative burden on researchers, institutions and publishers that could arise as waivers are requested; a conflict with UK policy on OA; the way the SCL seeks immediate non-commercial re-use rights for all UK research outputs; and the potential limit it places on the choice of researchers over where to publish. 

The documents on this page set out the publisher position. …”

OA community event – planning for Plan S | Jisc

“The next 12 months promises to be a critical time in the development of scholarly communications, with the release of UKRI’s open access review and further details on the implementation of Plan S.

This workshop will focus on Plan S and its implications. What does Plan S involve? What does it mean for your institution? What are transformative agreements? How is Jisc supporting its members?

Come along to share your views, listen to others and find out the latest updates.

By the end of the workshop you will have:

An understanding of Plan S and its implications for institutions
Discussed issues and concerns with peers
An understanding of transformative agreements with publishers
Heard about Jisc’s support for Plan S and provided feedback to us on our activities…”

The Jisc Monitor Service: More Than Just for Open Access Week | Jisc scholarly communications

“Jisc will soon be releasing the latest version of Jisc Monitor Local. It brings with it some small but essential changes since the previous release, in the spirit of Agile development, but the service has changed considerably since it went live some years ago. For those unaware of Jisc Monitor, it is actually two distinct but interrelated services: Monitor Local and Monitor UK. Regarding the former, it is a system which enables institutions to record data relating to the publication of open access outputs by their academics, including both ‘Gold’ and ‘Green’ publication routes, which can then be used for reporting to funders, such as COAF and UKRI. Monitor UK presents APC (article processing charge) data from across the UK in the form of a number of easy-to-use reports. These will enable institutions and funders to explore and evaluate UK cost and compliance data relating to open access publishing. This blog post only substantially focuses on Monitor Local….”

The Jisc Monitor Service: More Than Just for Open Access Week | Jisc scholarly communications

“Jisc will soon be releasing the latest version of Jisc Monitor Local. It brings with it some small but essential changes since the previous release, in the spirit of Agile development, but the service has changed considerably since it went live some years ago. For those unaware of Jisc Monitor, it is actually two distinct but interrelated services: Monitor Local and Monitor UK. Regarding the former, it is a system which enables institutions to record data relating to the publication of open access outputs by their academics, including both ‘Gold’ and ‘Green’ publication routes, which can then be used for reporting to funders, such as COAF and UKRI. Monitor UK presents APC (article processing charge) data from across the UK in the form of a number of easy-to-use reports. These will enable institutions and funders to explore and evaluate UK cost and compliance data relating to open access publishing. This blog post only substantially focuses on Monitor Local….”