Implementing a Public Access Policy: A Guide for HRA Member Organizations; and HRA Member Public Access Policy Template

“To assist HRA [Health Research Alliance] member organizations wishing to adopt a public access policy, the HRA Public Access Task Group partnered with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to enable HRA member-funded awardees/grantees* to deposit their publications into PubMed Central (PMC)….The following is a template developed by the HRA Public Access Task Group in conjunction with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) that can be used by organizations seeking to implement public access policies as a condition of award funding. This template is based on the policy developed by HRA member organization, Autism Speaks. …”

A Fantastic Milestone for Texas ScholarWorks! | Open Access at UT

TSW [Texas ScholarWorks] has now surpassed over 50,000 items! From theses and dissertations to newsletters to articles to student journals, we provide a wide-ranging collection of what is being produced by the UT Austin Community. We have been accessed millions of times by people in almost every country in the world! Thank you for your continued support.”

Institutional eRepository Hits Two Million Downloads – Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University’s Institutional Repository, eRepository, officially hit the two million mark for worldwide downloads as of July 7, 2017. Maintained by the Seton Hall University Libraries in partnership with Seton Hall Law, the eRepository exists as a publishing service for the preservation and dissemination of University scholarly works. Faculty works profiles as well as Seton Hall published journals, conference materials, student theses and doctoral dissertations are centrally archived and available for digital download as reference materials for research and other similar efforts.

Workflow Development for an Institutional Repository in an Emerging Research Institution

“This paper describes the process librarians in the Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University undertook to increase the amount of faculty publications in their institutional repository, known as the Digital Collections. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM Digital Collections at Texas State University is built on a DSpace platform and serves as the location for electronic theses and dissertations, faculty publications, and other digital Texas State University materials. Despite having launched the service in 2005, the amount of faculty work added to the repository has never been at the levels initially hoped for on launch.”

Eprints in Library and Information Science e-LIS: new hosting, items and statistics ! | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS)

“We are pleased to inform you that in May 2017, e-LIS : eprints in Library and Information Science migrated to a new hosting institution –  the Federico II University of Naples (Italy). In 2018 e-LIS will celebrate its 15th anniversary !  Library and information science (LIS) researchers, librarians, students and research institutions are invited to search, browse and participate by depositing their own work in e-LIS !

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Articles (pre- and post-prints), presentations can be in any language (abstracts and keywords should be also in English). Preferred formats are .pdf and .html, best suited for later retrieval.

e-LIS Policies: Check before submitting your papers

How to deposit records in E-LIS. The Subject Tree adopted is JITA Classification Schema.

All works deposited in the E-LIS server remain the property of the author who are responsible for the documents they archive. Authors have to ensure that the intellectual property of their deposited work is theirs and that no restrictions exist for digital distribution of the deposited work. The quality of the metadata of the submission is controlled by country editors.

Items in e-LIS may be browsed by the following:   Author –  Subject – Countries – Year – Conference – Conference by name

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The challenge of open access compliance

“Researchers at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are now subject to HEFCE’s open access policy if they want to submit their work to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2021. The policy applies to journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016. These research outputs must be deposited in an institutional or subject repository as soon as possible after the point of acceptance. For the first two years of the policy there is flexibility to deposit up to three months after the date of early online publication. After April 2018, it is anticipated that the policy terms will become stricter and deposit must occur within three months of acceptance….The financial costs associated with supporting compliance with the policy are high. Many HEIs initially relied heavily on their Research Councils UK funding to meet staffing costs. Over time, institutions have taken on staff costs to ensure the longevity of their open access teams, and some have even been in a position to create institutional funds for gold open access. At a time when increasing subscription costs are regularly imposed by publishers it can be difficult for institutions to find the means to support open access, despite its obvious importance. The cultural challenges associated with the HEFCE policy can prove to be even more difficult to overcome….After three years of promotion and engagement with researchers through school board meetings, research support meetings, training sessions and online support materials, attitudes have gradually shifted towards support for open access. Following a review of 2016, we discovered that 93% of the papers in our repository that are subject to HEFCE’s policy are REF eligible. This positive trend has continued into 2017 with many more papers being deposited on a daily basis….”

DeepGreen: Open-access-Transformation | ZBW MediaTalk

“The green route (link in German) to open access describes the storage of quality-assured text publications (postprints) and other digital content in an institutional or disciplinary repository (freely accessible online database). One path on the green route is the alliance licences negotiated nationally between libraries and publishers. The open access components contained therein allow authors from academic institutions which hold the relevant rights to publish their publications immediately or following an embargo period in a repository of their choice, usually their own institution. However, implementing these open access components is a laborious process: it requires authors to upload their publication to the repository themselves at the appropriate point or the library as their institutional representative to find the article and upload it to the repository manually. Often, the relevant rights holders do not take action and the publications remain with the publisher….The aim of DeepGreen is to automatically transfer those academic publications which can be made freely available after set waiting periods according to licensing rights into open access. Automating the process should relieve the burden on academics and libraries and increase the number of open access publications available to the German academic community….”