Open access from a funder’s perspective
Jonathan Connor
Introduction
 Who am I?
 Who are the ESRC?
 ESRC’s online presence
 Where does open access fit in?
 What does this me...
Who am I?
 Digital Communications Team Manager
 Website content
 Web redevelopment
 ESRC’s research catalogue
Who are the ESRC?
 Began in 1965, as the Social Science Research Council
 One of seven research councils
 Promote and s...
ESRC’s online presence
 Website content
 Social science repository (research catalogue)
 Related resources, eg investme...
Website content
 Funding opportunities
 Guidance for applicants, grant holders,
collaborators etc.
 News, features, cas...
esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk
New website
Social sciences repository
 Database of ESRC research records going back to
1975
 Current version launched in 2005 (data...
Social sciences repository
 Grant details are automatically fed into the database from
managed information systems
 Gran...
Output types
The ESRC repository allows the deposition of over 40
different types of research outputs, including:
 Journa...
Award and output details
Different output types
Output detail page
Social science repository redevelopment
• Launch at same time as new website
• Improved search, upload and presentation
• ...
Research Councils and open access
 RCUK is the strategic partnership of the research
councils
 RCUK published a position...
RCUK position statement on access to
research outputs
• Publicly funded research should be made available and
accessible a...
RCUK report 2008
 Report looked at the effects and impacts of open
access on publishing models and institutional
reposito...
ESRC and open access
 ESRC actively promotes open access to all of the
research that it wholly or partially funds
 Open ...
ESRC open access policy
For grants awarded after October 2006, grant holders must:
• deposit a copy of any resultant artic...
ESRC open access policy
• Authors must respect publishers’ copyright and licensing policies,
eg embargo periods
• The vers...
ESRC open access policy
• Authors choose where to publish their research
• Dissemination should generally be factored into...
Grant holder support team
• The ESRC Grant Holder Support Team vets deposited items to
ensure bibliographic metadata is co...
Further information
• RCUK:
www.rcuk.ac.uk/access/default.htm
• ESRC:
http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/sup...
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Open Access from a funder's perspective (ESRC) : Maximise your research impact: engaging with open access publishing

  1. 1. Open access from a funder’s perspective Jonathan Connor
  2. 2. Introduction  Who am I?  Who are the ESRC?  ESRC’s online presence  Where does open access fit in?  What does this mean for you?
  3. 3. Who am I?  Digital Communications Team Manager  Website content  Web redevelopment  ESRC’s research catalogue
  4. 4. Who are the ESRC?  Began in 1965, as the Social Science Research Council  One of seven research councils  Promote and support social science research and postgraduate training  Advance knowledge and contribute to economic competitiveness, public services effectiveness and quality of life  Promote public understanding of social science.
  5. 5. ESRC’s online presence  Website content  Social science repository (research catalogue)  Related resources, eg investment websites  Currently being redeveloped
  6. 6. Website content  Funding opportunities  Guidance for applicants, grant holders, collaborators etc.  News, features, case studies  Training materials and toolkits  8,000 pages
  7. 7. esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk
  8. 8. New website
  9. 9. Social sciences repository  Database of ESRC research records going back to 1975  Current version launched in 2005 (data from previous database called “Regard” was migrated)  Includes details of awards and their outputs  Approximately 10,000 awards and >100,000 outputs
  10. 10. Social sciences repository  Grant details are automatically fed into the database from managed information systems  Grant holders are automatically registered  Grant holders self-submit abstracts, summaries and outputs  Reminders are sent to grant holders  Grant holder support team in place  In 2006, it became an open access repository for ESRC-funded research
  11. 11. Output types The ESRC repository allows the deposition of over 40 different types of research outputs, including:  Journal articles  Conference proceedings  Books, chapters and sections  Datasets  Multimedia and audio-visual materials
  12. 12. Award and output details
  13. 13. Different output types
  14. 14. Output detail page
  15. 15. Social science repository redevelopment • Launch at same time as new website • Improved search, upload and presentation • Renamed ‘research catalogue’
  16. 16. Research Councils and open access  RCUK is the strategic partnership of the research councils  RCUK published a position statement on access to research outputs in 2006  Individual research councils then published their own position statements
  17. 17. RCUK position statement on access to research outputs • Publicly funded research should be made available and accessible as rapidly as possible • Outputs should be effectively peer reviewed • Models and mechanisms used must be a cost-effective use of public funds • Outputs must be preserved and remain accessible.
  18. 18. RCUK report 2008  Report looked at the effects and impacts of open access on publishing models and institutional repositories.  In response to the report, the Research Councils have agreed to support open access by: • building on their mandates on grant holders to deposit research papers in suitable repositories • extending their support for publishing in open access journals.
  19. 19. ESRC and open access  ESRC actively promotes open access to all of the research that it wholly or partially funds  Open access to research outputs increases their dissemination and resulting impact, usually leading to an increase in citations 1 1 In their academics' guide to open access (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/dis/disresearch/poc/pages/academicg uide-summary.html - accessed 2008-09-30), JISC and SURF (a foundation in the Netherlands) claim an increase of 50-250% in citations.
  20. 20. ESRC open access policy For grants awarded after October 2006, grant holders must: • deposit a copy of any resultant articles published in journals or conference proceedings, in the ESRC awards and outputs database • wherever possible, deposit the bibliographic metadata relating to such articles, including a link to the publisher’s website, at or around the time of publication. ESRC also encourages grant holders to deposit articles from grants awarded before October 2006. Researchers also deposit bibliographic metadata and full texts of research outputs other than articles and conference proceedings.
  21. 21. ESRC open access policy • Authors must respect publishers’ copyright and licensing policies, eg embargo periods • The version of an article that is deposited depends on publishers’ agreements with their authors • Authors won’t be required to negotiate copyright and licensing agreements with their publishers
  22. 22. ESRC open access policy • Authors choose where to publish their research • Dissemination should generally be factored into the research cost • ESRC will endeavour to work with publishers to put mechanisms in place for publishers to submit publications on behalf of authors • Grant holders are also encouraged to deposit articles and/or associated metadata in institutional and other appropriate repositories
  23. 23. Grant holder support team • The ESRC Grant Holder Support Team vets deposited items to ensure bibliographic metadata is complete and accurate • When checking is complete, the deposited items are catalogued in the database Any copyright violations are the responsibility of the authors/depositors. If copyright is violated, the relevant item will be removed immediately.
  24. 24. Further information • RCUK: www.rcuk.ac.uk/access/default.htm • ESRC: http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/support/access • JISC: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/aboutus/committees/workinggroups/scholarlyc omms/oa.aspx • jonathan.connor@esrc.ac.uk
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