Open Access

During the session on ‘What you need to know about Open Access’ we had some questions, which we’ll try to clarify here.

Can self-funded researchers get help to publish through the Gold Open Access (OA) route?
Researchers who are self-funded can apply for Lancaster University Open Access funding once your article has been accepted. Alternatively you can use the Green route by depositing in an Institutional or subject repository, but you need to check SHERPA/RoMEO whether the journal publisher permits this.

Can you clarify HEFCE’s policy on Open Access publication in relation to the REF (Research Excellence Framework)?
HEFCE’s Circular 07/2014 gives a good overview of this new policy which states that:

“to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication, and made open-access within a specified time period. This requirement applies to journal articles and conference proceedings only; monographs and other long-form publications, research data and creative and practice-based research outputs are out of scope. Only articles and proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 will need to fulfil these requirements, but we would strongly urge institutions to implement the policy now. The policy gives a further list of cases where outputs will not need to fulfil the requirements.”

I’m not the principal author, but would like to publish through the Gold route. What should I do?
If there is a principal author of your research output, they should apply for any available funding from their own Institution. If you work in collaboration and there is no principal author you can apply for funding to you Head of Department.


What you need to know about Open Access

Thank you to Louise Tripp for delivering today’s Research Bites session on Open Access (OA). If you missed it, or would like to look at the slides again, we’ve made them available on SlideShare.

The detailed guide to Open Access is the first place to find out more about making your research Open Access. There’s comprehensive information about the two routes: Gold and Green, how to access funding for OA, where to self-archive, and more.

Research Bites sessions in August 2014

Join us for an informal 20 minute session. Bring your lunch, and a friend.

Just turn up, no need to book.

Social media for researchers – ResearchGate and Thursday 14th August, 12.00. Bowland North SR1
Get an introduction to how social media can work for you as a researcher. Focus on: ResearchGate and

Third party copyright and fair dealing Wednesday 20th August, 12.00. Furness LT3
What to do about third party copyright in your thesis or open access document, and how to navigate the grey area of ‘fair dealing’.

Choosing a Creative Commons licence Thursday 28th August, 12.00. Bowland North SR1
Creative Commons licences and how they communicate what others can do with your work.

If you have any questions about these sessions, or you’d like to suggest a future session, please contact Tanya Williamson or 01524 594284

Patents and Intellectual Property

Thanks to those who came along to today’s session by Jenny Brine, ‘What about Patents?’. This was a great introduction to the topic, and prompted several questions about filing patents and protecting intellectual property.

Gavin Smith from the Research & Enterprise Service has agreed to deliver two sessions in September – details of dates to be arranged.


Predatory Open Access Publishers

Following the ‘Impact Factors and all that’ presentation this week, we understandably received a few questions about how to decide where to publish, and what to make of publishers who solicit articles.

We plan to run sessions in the future which will at least begin to address this complex topic and give you ideas of what you need to consider.

In the meantime, you can look at Beall’s list of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers. Jeffrey Beall is a librarian who takes a particular interest in open access scholarly publication, particularly publishers and journals which are attempting to exploit academics and the corrupt the scientific process.

It is worth being suspicious of unsolicited emails asking you to publish, especially if they are asking you to pay a fee!

PDF features

A series of questions arose during the ‘Do you need to submit an electronic thesis?’ session earlier this week about the features of the PDF version of your electronic thesis, or indeed any other PDF document uploaded to PURE (Lancaster University’s Research Information System).

Does my PDF need to be machine readable? Yes! If you are creating your PDF from a word processor like Microsoft Word then it will be machine readable. This will be more useful to readers as they can search within the text of the thesis. The exception would be for older documents where the digital version is no longer available, so the PDF is generated from a print copy (i.e. is a scanned image).

Should I apply security features in my PDF? No. There are features in Adobe Acrobat to apply security or Digital Rights Management features to your PDF document. When submitting the PDF version of your thesis please don’t apply these features as it would cause problems for future readers of your work. You can trust us to apply any agreed embargo or restriction on your behalf.

Will Google index my electronic thesis? Yes. Once your electronic thesis is uploaded, Google and other search engines can index the information about your thesis (metadata) through Pure portal and ePrints (Lancaster University’s Respository). If your thesis is restricted or embargoed only the metadata will show. That way readers still know that your research exists.