Simon Bains: Research Publications Service

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  • Open access publishing – free Internet access. Increase potential readership Increase visibility of research and citation count Make publicly funded research publicly available Challenge traditional publishing business models
  • The original SHERPA partnership was formed for the SHERPA project (2002-2006) and drew from research-led universities with an active interest in establishing an example of a then-new concept - an open access institutional repository. After a year, the original 7 development partners were joined by 6 more partners to form a partnership of 21 individual institutions. We now have 33 partners and affiliates overall, consisting of 32 HE institutions, and the British Library. SHERPA DP Completed project which looked at preservation models for open access repositories, funded by JISC and managed by AHDS. SHERPA/RoMEO RoMEO is a continuing project developing and maintaining a database that lists journals' and publishers' copyright agreements. OpenDOAR OpenDOAR is building an authoritative directory of worldwide open access repositories, along with associated services and information to act as a community and m2m bridge between repositories and service providers. DRIVER Completed major European project with 10 international partners, developing a cross-European repository network infrastructure Repositories Support Project (RSP) A major UK initiative funded by JISC for a support service for the development of repositories. EThOS Completed UK project to build a national eTheses service, in which SHERPA was a partner.
  • A new service offered by the Library to support the implementation of the University’s policy Joins the Edinburgh Research Archive and the Publications Repository together to form a consistent deposit process Research Publications Policy: passed by Senate 02/2009 Requires deposit in a closed system Where appropriate, in the open-access Edinburgh Research Archive Address convention: “The University of Edinburgh” Policy formally implemented 01/2010
  • What can be deposited: REF-compliant material, e.g. Journal articles Conference papers Book chapters Anything you think is appropriate
  • Text needed here from previous version of file.
  • Citations/publication lists Defined by use requirements Customise style, content, location Supports relevant citation formats JavaScript/CSS to create RSS feeds, html pages
  • ERA: Subset of content in Publications Repository Open access materials Copyright cleared content Available for harvesting / cross-search using Google / Google Scholar / Intute
  • Ask about this!! “Still have issue of how users actually find stuff – so started project to review how we deliver information – meta search etc” Publications Repository Customisable reports Numbers of items deposited Academic, School, Research Group Edinburgh Research Archive No of downloads / views
  • Increased visibility for research
  • Effective research management for the REF Reduced overheads for Schools and Colleges Extensive reporting tools Website publication list generation tool Long-term archiving and persistent links Highly ranked exposure to search engines Meeting the needs of funders’ mandates
  • Research Councils UK’ position statement on access to research outputs May monitor compliance by harvesting data from IRs.
  • Simon Bains: Research Publications Service

    1. 1. University of Edinburgh Research Publications Service Simon Bains Head of Digital Library Information Services IT Futures 2009
    2. 13. Top 25 countries downloading content from the Edinburgh Research Archive during 2008 United States, 246475 United Kingdom, 40865 Australia, 15520 China, 15299 Iran, 11847 Other, 54445 India, 7946 Germany, 5914 Indonesia, 4298 Canada, 3998 France, 3402 Portugal, 2851 Italy, 2576 Spain, 2516 Turkey, 2261 Malaysia, 2165 Netherlands, 1972 Japan, 1907 Vietnam, 1797 Singapore, 1761 South Africa, 1639 Taiwan, 1628 Brazil, 1534 Hong Kong, 1463 Sweden, 1446 Korea, Republic of, 1371
    3. 14. Benefits <ul><li>Effective research management for the REF </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced overheads for Schools and Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive reporting tools </li></ul><ul><li>Website publication list generation tool </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term archiving and persistent links </li></ul><ul><li>Highly ranked exposure to search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting the needs of funders’ mandates </li></ul>
    4. 15. <ul><li>Ideas and knowledge derived from publicly-funded research must be made available and accessible for public use </li></ul><ul><li>Personally deposit, or otherwise ensure the deposit of, a copy of any resultant articles published in journals or conference proceedings, in an appropriate repository </li></ul>
    5. 18. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.ed.ac.uk/is (Research support) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Support and information

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