Today two members of information services staff from the University of Glasgow are attending the UKCoRR Member’s day. UKCoRR Member’s Day 2019
This group focuses on how repositories can support research.
Rachel Bruce from UKRI spoke first about Plan S. She noted clearly that it is not just about GOLD open access – repositories (the GREEN route) do have a role where papers can be posted on them with no embargo.
To help address concerns raised by learned societies some work has been done – read more here Identifying Models for Learned Societies to meet Plan S Principles
Wellcome Trust, UKRI, and cOAlition S have also appointed Information Power as consultants look at sensible pricing principles for publishing.
UK Scholarly Communications Licence
Chris Banks gave an update on UK-SCL. https://ukscl.ac.uk/ (I don’t like the name of this but understand it may change) She started by outlining the problem of trying to comply with a matrix of funder, Research Excellence Framework, publisher, and institutional policies. Despite the huge growth in compliance and monitoring there are still some publications that research organisations are not aware of or do not comply with requirements. I wonder how we can find out about publications that we do not get told about or find in sources such as Web of Science?
UK-SCL is a model policy that will be aligned with UKRI policy when it is available. It allows authors to self archive with no embargo. This should help in price negotiations with publishers since we do not need to buy an Open Access element.
What if publisher’s say they won’t publish due to institutions policy?
In UK law if a publisher has prior knowledge of the policy at a research organisation the academic can sign an exclusive licence with the publisher but the non-exclusive policy with the employer still stands and allows deposit of agreed text in repository. We have no case law yet.
Let’s see what the funder’s policies say when they are announced.
Expecting some early adopters of UK-SCL from early 2021.
British Library Research Repository Case Study
Working with partners to make research more accessible. Reminds me to re-visit public engagement. We spend a lot of time making things openly accessible and I feel we could do more to help users find out about these and use them. It is on my list to speak to colleagues in Research and Innovation team and the VP Research’s Office.
UKRI Open Access Policy Review Breakout
The review aims to join up UKRI and REF policy looking at research articles, conference proceedings and books. Looking beyond the current REF cycle there is no firm plan as to whether openness to data will be included.
What developments are needed to enable repositories to help with OA?
Free up admin time to focus on carrots not just sticks.
E.g. An efficient UBER Jisc Router type service so that data about publications is shared early with all parties without the need for each to re-key.
Policy stability from beginning of cycle so that we can apply the right rules to records that fall within the period from onset and not have to collect more information retrospectively.
How can we engage researchers and end users in open access?
Efficiencies such as a Router type service can help reduce the admin burden and allow more space for support and engagement with users. (I read this as can use such service not mandating that research organisation have to use such service nor that specific suppliers are perpetuated)
REF Audit Breakout
Andy Hepburn from the REF Team provided further clarification of the audit process. The submission will include open access status. If audited will ask if record keeping that shows the item meets the deposit, discovery, and access requirements.
Nice to hear support from the community – with suggestions like whomever is audited let’s band together as professional organisations and help them.
No significant new concerns from the discussion at the recent ARMA meeting. https://arma.ac.uk/ref-audit-compliance-meeting-output-22-august-2019/
Asking attendees what skills they think are needed in research support with a view to identifying gaps in training and support for administrators. Many of the skills were soft skills like adaptability and listening. A fuller summary will be produced.