New deal with Optica Publishing Group

The Bodleian Libraries have signed a new deal for Optica journals.

This agreement allows University of Oxford corresponding authors to publish research articles and review articles in hybrid and fully OA journals. Authors must use their Oxford University email address when submitting articles to the journal, and choose the CC BY publication licence.

You can check a comprehensive list of which publishers we have signed deals with (and the content of the deals) here: https://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/publisher-deals

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ORA COVID-19 Collection – preserving Oxford’s COVID-19 response

The University of Oxford has been at the forefront of the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of this activity is reflected in the wide array of research outputs – journal articles, conference papers, working papers, preprints, and more – that have been produced in this area.

The Bodleian Libraries Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) COVID-19 Collection seeks to provide a one-stop point of access to all of these outputs, focusing on the full-text items available via ORA, and links to Oxford COVID-related research in a range of other locations. The ORA COVID-19 Collection ensures that these materials are available not only for today’s readers but also in perpetuity – to illuminate the story of the University’s contribution to the pandemic response for future generations.

Highlights include:

This is a live collection that is still being developed and we value your thoughts, comments and suggested additions. Contact ora@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or complete the webform.

If you are a member of the University of Oxford and can’t see your COVID-related paper here, then deposit your accepted manuscript to ORA.

Open Access services

The Bodleian’s ORA, APC and enquiry teams are working remotely and can be contacted via email: OA Enquiries openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for Act on Acceptance, depositing or any other OA-related matters; APC team apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk regarding invoices related to the RCUK and Wellcome/Charity OA Fund block grants. The ORA team are continuing to review and process deposits, and can be emailed at ora@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. The ORA website https://ora.ox.ac.uk is available as normal.

Act on Acceptance for Open Access and the next REF

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HEFCE’s OA policy takes effect on 1 April 2016, and requires action by all researchers.

In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.

‘Act on Acceptance’ is Oxford’s mechanism to help researchers comply with open access using our new quick deposit form. From now on researchers should use Symplectic Elements to deposit all newly-accepted articles and conference papers into ORA.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.

For more information and to get started visit the Open Access Oxford website:  http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk. Help is available from Subject & Outreach Librarians and the email helpline openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Recent Open Access developments

Wellcome Trust and COAF-funded authors:

From November 2015, there has been a change in the way APCs are paid for researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and COAF. Previously, researchers were required to arrange payment of APCs themselves and reclaim it from funds administered by the Bodleian Libraries. As of now, researchers should not pay APCs but should forward the publisher’s APC or article-charges request form for each accepted paper to the Bodleian Libraries for payment instead along with the application form. The new procedure is intended to simplify the process of getting APCs paid for authors.
Payment requests should be emailed to apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, or sent in hard copy to Open Access APC forms, Acquisitions Services, Collections and Resource Description (C&RD), Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford OsneyOne Building, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0EW.

Act on Acceptance:

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Oxford’s Act on Acceptance campaign is underway in response to HEFCE’s requirements that, in order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. Although HEFCE’s policy comes into force on 1st April 2016, researchers are strongly encouraged to start depositing accepted papers now.
The message, to all academics and researchers employed by the collegiate University, is:

  • deposit all your newly-accepted journal articles and conference papers into ORA
  • do it through Symplectic Elements
  • do it within 3 months of the date of acceptance
  • start now.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.
Go to Act on Acceptance to find out more and Deposit your work.
If you have any questions please contact openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

2020 Vision: Making Your Research Output Compliant

UPDATE: All presentations from 2020 Vision are online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2020-vision
FOSTER-hiresOn the afternoon of the 21st of April the Radcliffe Science Library will be running an informal workshop at Keble College to update graduate students and researchers about Open-Access polices.

  • Do you know how HEFCE rules for the 2020 Ref are changing and how these will affect you?
  • Are you familiar with RCUK, Wellcome and other funder’s policies on Open Access?
  • Have you heard about the tools available at Oxford to help you comply with new Open Access regulations?
  • Do you know about services such as arXiv, PubMed Central and Zenodo and how they can help archive your research data and publications to meet funder requirements?

If your answer to any of these questions is ‘no’ then you should book yourself a place! You’ll find out the answers to the questions above and have the opportunity to quiz invited representatives from organisations closely involved in Open Access policy creation and implementation.

A full programme for the workshop can be found here – http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2020-vision

You can book a place on-line here – www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2020-vision-making-your-research-output-compliant-registration-15830858524

This event is being sponsored by the FOSTER Programme (www.fosteropenscience.eu/project/)

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